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THIS memorial is published by the family 
of Charles E. Wiggin, to show their 
love and respect for him who has left us. 
It is designed for those who esteemed and 
-appreciated one who was never happier 
than when engaged in some labor of love 
for his friends or for the unfortunate. 

Charles Edward Wiggin was bom No- 
vember 29, 1813, in a part of Newmarket, 
New Hampshire, then known as the New 
Fields, which has since been separated into 
a town called South Newmarket. 

He came to Boston August 31, 1828, 
when he was nearly fifteen years old. 

His first home after marriage (1840) was 
at 70 Prince Street ; but after a few years 
he removed to the house on Sheafe Street, 
now numbered fifteen ; and there the family 
resided till the summer of 1876, when they 
removed to 9 Woodville Square, Roxbury, 
where Mr. Wiggin died. 

• He was the fifth of seven children, and 
was the last survivor of them all. There were 
two sisters : Deborah Barker, who married 
Daniel Rundlett Smith, of the same town ; 
and Ann Martin, who never married. 

His four brothers were ; Henry Pike, of 
Exeter, New Hampshire; James Simon, a 
prominent merchant and shipowner, — who 
however bore the name of Simon Pike, until 
after his settlement in Boston ; Jeremiah 
Tilton, a New Orleans merchant; and 
Robert Pike, a well-known Boston business 

Among his ancestors were men of mark 
and character. He came in direct line 
from Governors Thomas Wiggin, of New 
Hampshire, and Thomas Dudley and Simon 
Bradstreet, of Massachusetts, in the following 
order : 

1. Governor Simon Bradstreet married 
Anne Dudley, daughter of Governor Thomas 

2. Andrew Wiggin, son of Thomas, mar- 
ried Hannah Bradstreet. 

3. Simon Wiggin (Captain) probably 
married his cousin. 

4. Simon Wiggin (Lieutenant) married 
Susannah Sherburn. 

5. Simon Wiggin (Esquire) married Han- 
nah Marble. 
I 6. David Wiggin married Mehitable Pike. 


1 Captain Thomas Wiggin, the first of the 

I name on this Continent, came to New 

England about the year 1630, and was a man 

i of large influence, as he was the leader of 

1 the New Hampshire Colony (then called 

the Dover Plantations) from 1633 to 1636, 

when he was succeeded by George Burdett. 

I He continued however for many years to 

be prominent in affairs of the Colony. 
_\ A Puritan in his religion, Thomas Wiggin 

^ . did not find himself in sympathy with many 

'] '■ of the early settlers in the Piscataqua region 

] of New Hampshire, who were Church of 

■j England people. As Proprietary Governor 

1 this led him into aflfiliation with the Mas- 

sachusetts Bay Colony, and a partial union 
therewith. Thus Governor Wiggin became 
closely associated with the Massachusetts 
magistrates, and this association induced 
frequent journeys to Boston. These journeys 
i 1 doubtless led to the family acquaintance, 

I ' which culminated in the union of his son 

' I Andrew with Governor Bradstreet's daughter 

\ 1 Hannah. 


To their second son the young couple 
gave the name of his maternal grandfather ; 
and thus the name of Simon came into this 
branch of the Wiggin family, from which 
it has disappeared only with the present 

According to one account, not well veri- 
fied, the other Wiggin boy also married a 
Bradstreet girl ; but if so she must Iiave ilitii 
soon after, as her name does not appear in 
the records. 

It is unnecessary to dwell upon the life of 
Charles E. Wiggin, — "known of all men" 
who enjoyed his acquaintance, — for he was 
not a reserved man, but free in conversation 
about life and affairs. 

His death was quiet and peaceful, the 
fitting termination of a well-rounded and 
useful life. In the early afternoon of March 
12, 1888, he suddenly called his wife, who 
was sitting at the comer window of their 
chamber. She came to the side of the easy- 
chair, which, unable to lie down night or 
day, he had almost constantly occupied for 
more than a year. Though the doctor 
believed otherwise, Mr. Wiggin, for some 
reason to us unknown, felt sure that the 
earthly end had come. 

"Rebecca," he said, "I am going!" 

" I hope not, Charles! " was her reply. 

" Yes !" came from his lips ; " and there 
are some things I wish to say. Get paper, 
and write." 

His request was complied with, and to. his 
dearest friends he sent messages of affection. 
He mentioned each by name, adding, " Give 
them my love, and God bless them." 

Then came a pause. With a smile he 
lifted his head and said: "Only think, 
Rebecca! In a few minutes I shall be with 
our two Marys, our little Jerry, and your 
dear mother." There followed a few more 
messages of love, an expression of gratitude 
to those who had cared so tenderly for him 
during his illness, and a reference to the 
unity which had existed between his wife 
and himself during their long married life. 

Then he began a message to his younger 
son, — " Tell Arthur — !" but the words died 
on his lips. Death had come ; and so sud- 
denly that there was no time to summon his 
sons to the Highlands from the store at the 
North End. 

"Can you not finish?" cried Arthur's 
wife, who was bathing his forehead. A 
shake of the head signified his inability to 


speak. With uplifted finger he traced a 
sentence on the broad jjahii of his leit hand. 

"Is it Love. to all?'' inquired Lizzie. 

A smile and nod showed that he was 

There came a cjuick gasp and all was over 
with him for this world. Out into the future 
world went the soul of him whose last 
thoughts were of others, whose last utterance 
was an expression of love for friends and 
kindred. He had been surrounded by 
those who ceaselessly watched the ebbing 
life-tide for long months. Let us hope that 
he was met on the other side by loved ones 
gone before, there to dwell with them in one 
of the many mansions not made with hands. 

Mr. VViggin was buried on Thursday, 
March 15. The relations and other immedi- 
ate friends gathered at the house at one 
o'clock, where Scriptures were read and a 
prayer offered by his pastor, Rev. O. P. 
Gifford. At two o'clock there was a longer 
service at the Warren Avenue Baptist 
Church, of which he had been so long a 
member, since 1842. Indeed until his last 
long illness he was seldom absent from his 
pew on Sunday, and never happier than when 
that pew was full. 

Solemn music was sung by the quartet of 
the church. An address by Mr. VViggin's 
old friend, Rev. S. F. Smith, D.D. (the 
author of our national hymn, America) was 
followed by an address and prayer by the 
pastor ; after which scores of elderly friends 
took their farewell of the lifeless clay. 

At the grave, in Mount Auburn Cemetery, 
Mr. Gifford read part of the burial office, and 
offered prayer. Then Charles E. VViggin 
was laid away to rest, as he had wished, so 
near his old friend Benjamin Pitman, — who 
but a few weeks before had been interred 
in the adjoining lot, — that the old friends 
might clasp hands, if still in the earth-life. 




ay RE I'. S. F. SMITH, O.D. 

1 ESTEEM it a privilege to speak a few 
appreciative words in honor of my friend, 
almost a lifelong friend, whom I have known 
only to esteem and love. It was said by 
Daniel Webster, that the soil of New Hamp- 
shire was so covered with rocks that it was 
impossible to raise anything else, and so the 
people built churches and schoolhouses, and 
raised men ; and this is one of the men whom 
the State of New Hampshire thus raised, — 
a true man, a manly man, noble in stature 
and form, and even nobler in mind. 

Had he enjoyed the early privileges of 
education which have fallen to the lot of 
many, I know not to what attainments of 
intellectual character he might not have 
risen, nor what high office, connected with 
the government of this country, he might not 
have filled ; but from all I have seen and 
known of him, I am sure that he was worthy 
of the love and esteem of all who knew and 


sensed him, — worthy to be presented as a 
pattern and model to the young, of what a 
Christian father and husband ought to be. 

I have often thought of him with appro- 
bation, on account of the great generosity 
of his heart, — a mighty heart, imbedded in 
a mighty form. He was ahvays seeking out 
means and ways of doing good to others, 
bringing them into circumstances of pros- 
perity, making them happy and useful. Any 
of you, gentlemen, who have known him in 
the sphere of public life, are aware how 
often and often he has trod his weary way 
up the steps leading to the offices under 
the gilded dome of the Statehouse, or 
wended his way to City Hall, in order that 
he might do some friendly service to the 
poor, the neglected, or the necessitous ; you 
know that his hand and heart were always 
open to show to those around him that his 
Christianity was not in form and profession 
only, but a deep-set principle, working itself 
out in many forms of goodness. Often he 
would hurry away to carry to a newspaper 
(generally The Traveller) some article he 
had written, — not for his own sake, but 
prompted solely by the desire to help some 
struggling man or woman, to plead the 


cause of some deserving; object of his benev- 
olence, to set afoot or promote some public 
improvement, and thus to confer upon Bos- 
ton, of which he was both fond and proud, 
some lasting benefit. He was always asking 
how he could confer a favor. 

He was known, especially during the dark 
days of the country's struggle, twenty-five 
years ago, as a man of true patriotic spirit. 
There was a pulsation in his heart, beating 
in harmony with the pulse of the public 
interest and necessity. Never was there 
wanting a word, when he could speak it, to 
promote the interest of country ; there was 
never a word of praise, that could be uttered 
in favor of a patriotic soldier, but he was 
the man to speak that praise, and utter 
words of admiration, gratitude, and love. 

Time and again, during his period of 
vigor and health, he was ready to leave 
home on the public holidays, that he might 
travel up into New Hampshire and deliver 
a Fourth-of-July or Decoration Day ad- 
dress, that he might stimulate our citizens 
to gratitude for the blessing of our beloved 

His heart was always moved with affection 
for the young. Children whom he knew — 


and many whom he did not know by name, 
or perhai:)S even by sight — seemed dear 
to him. He saw in them the future men of 
this country, the senators, rc-jjieseniatives, 
the mayors, and other leaders in our hmd. 

He always had for the young a word of 
encouragement and advice. After removing 
to Roxbury he took a deep interest in one 
of the schools — one of the large schools — 
of that district. As 1 am told, it was his 
habit to offer i)remiums, of two or three 
books a year, to boys who there exhibited 
the greatest proficiency and punctuality. 

As long as he was in health and strength it 
was his custom to be present on these occa- 
sions, and to add to his liberality words of 
wisdom. On the very last occasion, Wash- 
ington's Birthday of the present year, when 
the annual presentation of gifts from his 
liberality was made, he wrote what was, 
perhaps, the last letter that came from his 
pen, in that peculiar chirography with which 
many of you have been familiar. In this 
letter he spoke of his friendship for the boys, 
his wish to be with them, and his desire to 
add a stimulus to their ambition and success. 
He promised, after the gifts of the present 
year had been distributed, to make similar 


gifts next year ; and it will fall upon his ex- 
ecutors, on February 22, 1889, to fulfil the 
promise of their dead friend to the boys of 
the Dudley School. 

Well has it been said, and it may be 
appropriately repeated of Mr. VViggin's sick- 
room : 

The chamber where the good man meets his fate 
Is privilei^ed aliove the common walks of virtuous 

Quite on the verge of Heaven. 

This was not because he made it conspicu- 
ously a scene of religious conversation, but 
because he was so patient, so cheerful, so 
hopeful and resigned, so loving a companion 
and associate, so utterly devoted to his 
friends, so desirous that they should keep 
coming to cheer him in his solitude. Though 
he lay or sat in his large chair for over fifteen 
months, he must have felt, for his was an 
intelligent mind, that he was sitting face to 
face with death, and only waiting for the 
great hour to strike. He maintained the 
sarue remarkable cheerfulness, the same 
readiness to converse on all common topics 
interesting to him in the days of his health. 
He showed not only how a Christian can 
live, but also how a Christian can die. 


I have said that if he had enjoyed the 
larger opportunities for education which fall 
to many in these later days, 1 know not to 
what attainment he might not have aspired, 
and aspired successfully. I remember this 
concerning him, that his place of business 
often became a hall of criticism, for the 
discussion of history and poetry. 

One might almost call it a hallowed place 
to business men, because so many sacred 
recollections are connected with it. 

During these interviews I have heard him 
talk, not only with intelligence, but fre- 
quently with keenness of perception, u[)on 
points you would not expect to hear men- 
tioned in a place devoted to secular pursuits. 
His store became a kind of exchange, where 
you might often meet old friends and associ- 
ates, traders and antiquarians of the North 
End, and find choice bits of information 
concerning men, things, and localities, fast 
losing their hold on the present generation. 

As he was fond of literary criticism, there, 
as in a literary bureau, you might often hear 
valuable discussions about famous speeches, 
hymns, songs, and authors ; after which, like 
a true man of business, he would turn again, 
as if refreshed, to his mercantile duties. ' 

He was a man of great executive ability, 
seeing his way tlirougii difficulties, and 
determining his methods of action with 
promptness and decision. 

I have known this also, that as a merchant 
he was a man of integrity and uprightness, ■ — 
not grasping for the largest profit to be 
obtained in every sale, not seeking continu- 
ally to fill his own coffers through traffic ; for 
his was a life unselfish He was a man to 
be loved, a man to be honored, a man to be 
trusted. Now, when he has been taken from 
us, the (juestion comes to me, as I look over 
this congregation of elderly men, who have 
known him in the walks of business and the 
other daily pursuits of life, and I ask : Is he 
gone from us, never to be restored? Does 
death end all? In the language of Joseph 
Cook, " Death does «f / end all." 

Perhaps you will say : If all the gases and 
solids and fluids of the human body are 
taken apart and restored again to their origi- 
nal dust, to be taken up again into other 
organisms, can he be restored to us again? 
Is it not presumption to stand up in the 
church and say, "I believe in the Holy 
(jHOST, the Holy Catholic Church, the com- 
munion of saints, the resurrection of the 


body, and the life everlasting"? No, il is 
not ijresumplion. We are Christians, and 
Christianity opens to us a life beyond this 
life, a glory, not perhaps to him, but to iis 
yet to be revealed. 

Let me give you a parable. In the house 
of a chemist there was an exceedingly beau- 
tiful cup, beautiful in form, beautiful in the 
heraldry marked upon it, beautiful in its 
proportions. One day a careless ser\'ant, in 
passing a jar full of nitric acid with that cup 
in his hand, accidentally dropped the cup 
into the jar. The acid instantly attacked 
the silver, which was at once dissolved. 
There was nothing left that looked like the 
silver cup. The beauty was gone, the form 
was gone. Could it be restored again? 
Yes! The chemist will tell you that if a 
handful of chloride of sodium be thrown 
into that mixture, the acid will have a 
greater affinity for the sodium than for the 
silver, and will instantly leave the silver, and 
amalgamate with the chloride of sodium, 
the silver falling to the bottom of the jar; 
whence it can be taken up, melted, put 
again into the proper mould, carved, and 
then bossed and polished and restored to 
more than its original size and beauty. Can 


science do such things, restoring that which 
is apparently destroyed and ol no further 
use? Then may we not say spiritually: 
Is there anything too hard for Me, sailh the 
Lord ? 

You may regard it as right that a few 
words be adtlressed especially to this com- 
pany of afflicted friends, whom my heart 
bears in reverent and affectionate sym- 
pathy. Such words belong es|;ecially to the 
pastor of the family of our dejjarted brother ; 
but you will allow me to say: What con- 
solation there is in reflecting upon all that 
he was in life, upon the honorable, upright 
Christian life which he was permitted to 
live ; what consolation there is in the divine 
promises. A new book of these promises is 
now open to you who are specially concerned 
in this day of aftliction. 

I will be the Father of the fatherless, and the Gon 
and Judge of the widows in My holy habitation. 

Such words were never yours before, but 
they are the words of God addressed to you 

Fear not, for I am with thee. Be not dismayed, 
for I am thy CJon. I will strengtlieu tliee, yea, 1 
will help thee, yea, 1 will uphold thee with the riglit 
hand of My righteousness. When thou passesl 


through the water thou shall not be drowned; neither 
shall the Hoods overwhelm thee. When thou passesl 
through the flames they shall not thee burn, neither 
shall the flame kindle upon thee; for thy Maker 
is thy husband, the LoKi) of Hosts is His name. 

With this consolation we shall lay away 
our dear friend, whose body now sleeps in 
that casket before us, but whose spirit has 
triumphantly ascended to his place in the 
Heavens, to be with his Father and our 
Father, with his (lou and our God. 

So Jesus slept; God's dying Son 
Passed through the grave, and blessed the bed. 



BY the Records we find that our brother 
was baptized, with his wife and mother- 
in-law, by Rev. Baron Stow, May 22, 1842. 
I first entered into his life in the spring of 
1879. Needing for the house some articles 
which he had for sale in his store, I there 
made his acquaintance and friendship. He 
was always at my disposal, to point out 
to me the mysteries of Old Boston, to go 
with me up and down the important streets, 
stopping before the large business-places, 
and describing to me the growth and devel- 
opment of our city during the years past. 
Every quaint building and historic landmark 
was known to him. He felt that he was " a 
citizen of no mean city," and took a worthy 
pride in its past history and present pros- 
perity. I soon learned that this interest in 
places grew out of their relations to people. 
Each street and building was of interest^ 
because of some human life. This man or 


that had been born or had wrought in the 

I was struck then with one thing, that he 
had, by his association with human Hie, 
become able to meet the needs of everyone 
with whom he came in contact. Again and 
again, as I entered his store, I found there, 
waiting for him, men who were in need of 
help, showing what that place of his was for 
broken-down humanity, — men who repelled 
me, men whose faces were autograph-albums 
of sin, men whose very countenances bespoke 
a life of vice. 

For years he had a Sunday-school class 
at the State Prison, and was punctual at his 
post every week. Sometimes, when convicts 
came from those prison walls, having served 
their time, he took them into his own home, 
fed them, sheltered them, and gave them 
needed clothing, until he had procured them 
some place of employment,. 

A lady once visited Mrs. Booth, wife of 
the General of the Salvation Army. In the 
course of their conversation she asked Mrs. 
Booth what the Salvationists meant by 
practical holiness. 

Mrs. Booth was holding a little child in 
her arms. She responded, "Do you see 
that little girl?" 


" Yes! One of your grandchildren?" 

" No, she has been adopted from an 
orphanage, and I care for her as I did for 
my own children. I treat her in all respects 
as I would my own flesh and blood. That is 
what I mean hy ptacticai holiness." 

I think our brother left us a heritage 
of practical holiness. He believed that a 
Christian should be the salt of the earth, the 
light of the world, standing in Christ's 
stead to the needy and afflicted. 

Once, coming down from the City Hall, 
he found in his store some men who were in 
need. He learned that they had no credit 
at the stores, — that they could not get the 
money which was their due, because of the 
laws of the State. He then set in motion 
that new law which was productive of the 
weekly payment system for labor. This law 
was the outgrowth of his loving heart, and 
he was justly proud of his part in its adoption. 
He did not see why, if men had earned their 
money, the city should have the use of it 
without interest ; and he brought about a 
change which would send their pay at once 
into the pockets of the laboring-men. 

He found in his prison-work that young 
boys, convicted of their first offences, were 


sent to universities of crime, to mingle with 
men old in sin ; and while the State paid the 
bills, these young criminals came out prac- 
tised offenders. He sought to remedy this 
evil, and worked hard to establish a place 
of confinement for young criminals only. 
I remember standing by his side, pleading 
with him under the gilded dome of the 
Statehouse. Chiefly through his instrumen- 
tality, this reform was finally accomplished ; 
and there is not now one, even of those who 
fought the bill most bitterly, who would be 
willing to have young men, convicted of 
their first crime, thrown into the companion- 
ship of those lifelong offenders. 

I remember that he used to lay before me, 
in his sick-room, plans for some needed 
reform, and say: " I have not the strength 
now, brother ; but when I can get up to the 
Statehouse, I want you to be there with me, 
for here is another class needing help. That, 
friends, is what I CdSS. practical ho liyiess. 

I came into contact with him more in the 
sick-room than ever before. I shall never 
forget that one day, while passing through 
the city, I went out to the Highlands to see 
how he was getting along. On my arrival 
at the house I found the friends were in the 


garden, talking and gathering flo\\ers. He 
was alone in the house. As I pushed open 
the door 1 heard singing in the room above, 
and stopped to listen. This man was all 
alone, singing at the very top of his voice, 

From whence doth this union arise. 

He was waiting on the Lord who "giveth 
songs." This was tlie House of God and 
the very Gate of Heaven. Unless a man 
were in close communion with God he could 
not sing like that when sitting all alone. 
When strength went from him, he sat there 
waiting patiently ; but he showed his public 
spirit by being twice helped from his chair to 
the polls, on our last State and City election- 
days. He felt, when the time came for new 
officers, that his vote was needed, although 
he had not slept lying down for months. 
He had the friends take him down to the 
front door, where a hack awaited him, and, 
weak though he was, he was carried to the 
polling-place, and deposited his last votes as 
a citizen of the Commonwealth. If we had 
more men in the country of this class, we 
should have less need for complaint. 

His public spirit was remarkable. Once 
a minister, of another nationality, reading 


the Governor's Tlianksgiving Proclamation, 
omitted the closing invocation, " God save 
the Commonwealth of Massachusetts." Im- 
mediately after service Mr. Wiggin hastened 
to the pulpit, trembling with excitement. 
" Sir, you omitted the closing words! You 
omitted the closing words! " 

I remember well my visit to him on the 
last exhibition-day of the Dudley School, the 
school in which he was so much interested. 
We were talking of the boys, when two of 
them came from the school with a bouquet. 
The gift seemed like an inspiration. Mr. 
Wiggin was lying back in his chair, when 
those two young lives entered the room. 
Then he sprang up, with flushed cheeks, 
and addressed those boys as if they were 
kings. With all the courtesy of the old 
school he bowed, gave them a practical talk 
about improving their opportunities while 
young, waved them adieu, and turned 
again to his conversation with me. As our 
brother who preceded me has said, Mr. 
Wiggin saw in every boy a leader of the 
coming generation. He had a spirit like 
that of the old master Trebonius, — Martin 
Luther's teacher, — who always bared his 
head whenever he met a schoolboy. The 


prophetic shadow of the coming reformer 
seemed to lie across his path when a lad 
crossed it. 

I remember once being in his room when 
he turned to me, and said for the fust time : 
" Pastor, the next lime you call, I think you 
had better pray with me. Maybe not today, 
for do you know I think that when a man 
has strength, he ought to do his own pray- 
ing ; but when his strength is gone, I think 
the pastor ought to pray with him." Before 
I left, however, I knelt and prayed with 

I am told that though he was sick fifteen 
months, during that time not able to lie in 
bed, he began every morning with prayer 
for his family. lie lifted his voice to God 
that the boys, going out into the busy 
turmoil of the great city, might be kept pure 
and innocent ; and at night, when they came 
back again, he lifted thanksgiving to Goi> 
that his boys were brought home to him 
once more. 

His disease was such that his hands were 
badly swollen ; and towards the last of it, 
when he could not feed himself, when the 
servant brought from the room below the 
needed food, he would bow his head and 


say grace, so thankful that he could eat; 
and this when, with those useless hands 
lying in his lap, he must take the meat fed 
to him by another. 

When he felt the time growing shorter 
and shorter, as he saw the shades of dark- 
ness approaching, Christ seemed to draw 
nearer and nearer to him. When at last he 
saw that his time had come, he began to 
pray for his friends, naming them over one 
after another, — sitting there in his chair, 
and waiting for God's own hand to draw the 
soul from the tired body. He sent his love 
to this one and that, naming them over one 
after another, and then stopped. Friends 
by his side said, "Can 't you finish the 
sentence?" He said No; and raising one 
hand, with the finger of the other he wrote 
on the extended palm, "Love to all." 
Then the great soul went out to meet Him 
whose name is Love. 

They laid him in a large upper chamber, whose 
window opened toward the sun-rising. The name of 
the chamber was Peace. 

It has been a great blessing and privilege 
to me to have met such a man. I have often 
watched the electric light in your offices and 


streets, and the other day it was my privilege 
to trace the light back, and go from the 
dynamo down to the great pulsing engine. 
It has been my privilege to watch our friend 
in his public life, and enjoy his kindness. 

His steady watchfulness for the needy will 
long be remembered. This man's secret of 
power lay in his religion. He was pure in 
his family life, he was honest in his business 
life; he was essential to mankind, because 
Christ was formed in him the hope of glory. 
It is a great pleasure to you, my friends, to 
have the memory of such a man ; and for 
you, my brothers, my wish is that a double 
portion of your father's spirit may rest upon 
your lives, and his religion be the religion of 
your father's sons. 



Earthenware and Glassware Association. 

Boston, March 15, 18S8. 

DEAR SIRS: I duly recei\ed your note, 
informing me of the death of your 
father. I asked the Secretary to notify the 
members of the Association of the fact, and 
also ask their attendance at the funeral ser- 
vices. I have also appointed a committee 
to prepare resolutions to be presented at our 
next meeting. 

I regret exceedingly rny inability to be 
present at the church today, but I had a 
special engagement at that hour, which, 
owing to the lack of telegraph facilities, I 
was unable to postpone. 

I have known your father since 1844, and 
my earlier recollections of him are of a \ery 
tender nature. I remember witli much grat- 
itude how, on many occasions, he said kind 
and cheering words to me, more than forty 
years ago. Among the many ])laces whither 

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I was sent to find various articles was his 
store, and although an entire stranger to 
him, he greeted me so cordially, and inter- 
ested himself so much in my welfare, that 
the homesick and hard-worked lad felt that 
in him he had a true friend. 

We did not meet often in later years, but 
I have had the highest regard and esteem 
for him. Extending to you my most sincere 
sympathy, I remain cordially yours, 


Boston, March 29, 1888. 

Dear Sirs : At the meeting of the Associa- 
tion, on the 27th, resolutions upon the death 
of your esteemed father were adopted, with 
many expressions of profound respect and 
affectionate regard. I hand you herewith a 
copy of same. With renewed expressions of 
sympathy, I am sincerely yours, 




Boston, March 27, 18S8. 
At a meeting of the Earthenware and 
Glassware Association of Boston, held this 
date, the following resolutions were unani- 
mously adopted : 

Whereas it has pleased God to remove by 
death our late friend Charles E. Wiggin, 

Resolved: That by the death of Mr. 
Wiggin we not only lose a personal friend, 
an honorable merchant, a man of strict in- 
tegrity, and a business associate for more 
than half a century, but that the community 
loses a public benefactor, inasmuch as he 
was always prominent in charitable work, 
was prompt to act in cases of need, and did 
much to alleviate the sufferings of his fellow- 
men, — and his loss will be keenly felt Ly 
those who have been recipients of his favors 
in times of distress. 

Resolved: That we tender our warmest 
sympathies to his bereaved family, who, by 
this sad affliction, have been deprived of a 
kind and loving husband and father. 

A true copy, attest, KDWARDC. BUKRACE 

Secretary . 


RoxBURY Association. 

At a meeting of the Roxbury Association," 
held March 15, [888, the following preamble 
and resolutions were iin;inimously adopted: 

IVhereas Almighty (ioj), in His infinite 
wisdom, has removed from our midst a 
kind and loving father, an affectionate 
husband, and a true and generous friend, 
therefore be it 

Resolved : That it is but a just tribute to 
his memory to say that Boston laments the 
loss of one who was always ready to proffer 
the hand of aid and the voice of sympathy 
to the needy and distressed ; that society 
mourns the departure of an active member, 
whose utmost endeavors were constantly 
exerted for its welfare, — of one who was a 
true friend and companion to all who knew 
him. a citizen whose upright and noble life 
was a standard of emulation to his fellows. 

Resolved : That we tenderly convey to 
you our heartfelt sympathy in your hour 
of bereavement, and devoutly commend 
you, for consolation, to Him who doeth all 
things well. 




North End Savings Bank. 

At their meeting, March 21, the Trustees 
of the North End Savings Bank passed the 
following vote : 

Whereas, since our last meeting, the death 
of Charles E. Wiggin has deprived this board 
ol one of its oldest and most honored mem- 
bers, be it 

Resolved: That the trustees of this bank 
have heard with sincere sorrow of the death 
of Mr. Charles E. Wiggin, who, as one of its 
original corporators in 1870, and also in the 
capacity of a trustee for every successive 
year since that date, has given his services 
carefully and faithfully to promote its inter- 
ests and those of its depositors, and whose 
friendly presence and hearty greeting at the 
meetings of this board will be sadly missed 
by his associates thereon. Identified, as 
he had been, during a long life, with the 
business of one of the principal avenues of 
the old North End, Mr, Wiggin has left 
behind him a reputation for strict integrity 
and honor, which will cause his memory to 
be long and respectfully cherished, as will 
also those noble impulses of his heart, 
which made him always ready and active 
in every good cause of philanthro])y and ' 

charity. j 


Resolved: That this testimonial be entered 
upon our records ; that a copy be sent to 
^Ir. Wiggin's family, and that the clerk 
cause the same to be inserted in the Boston 
Evening Traveller. 

A true copy of the record, attest, 


IPriuatc tc\\tx& 



other. I looked to him as a wise counsellor 
and faithful friend. 

I recognized in him a man ol judgment, 
of business sagacity, and versatility of talent, 
with a great love of literature. In my judg- 
ment he had a decidedly English tone of 
mind, with a delight for genealogy. He 
taught me anew that truth is stronger than 
fiction. Many personal reminiscences which 
he gave me were worthy of record. But 
above all else, as it seemed to me, was his 
native largeness of heart, for his life was out- 
side himself. He lived for others ; and 
what a vast number, whom he has helped in 
various ways in a busy life, rise up and bless 
his name ! 

I shall treasure his memory. His type is 
not repeated in all my wide acquaintance. 
For such a man to die would be indeed nn 
impeachment of the Creator, were it not that 
immortality opens before the exalted and 
imperishable soul. He passed his first 
Easter in Heaven ; and amid their sorrow 
and sense of loss, may his bereaved family 
still find Easter joy in their hearts. 
Most sincerely yours, 



From Judge Clark. 

Manchester, N.H., March 14, 1888. 

Dear Mr. Wiggin : I am much surprised 
and saddened at the death of your father 
and my cousin. Though sick, I did not 
suppose he was so near the close of life. It 
is the common lot, which sooner or later 
comes to us all ; and yet death, though near, 
is always a surprise. 

Convey to all his friends the expression of 
my deep sympathy in their afifliction, and 
my appreciation of the value of his friendship 
and the purity of his life. 

I should come to his funeral tomorrow if 
I were able, and it were safe for me to do 
so ; but it is not. I have been confined to 
my house with a persistent cold for two or 
three weeks, and have not gone to my office, 
unless compelled to do so for some business 
that could not be done elsewhere. So from 
my home, as you leave your dear father to 
his final and peaceful rest, I bid him a final 
farewell; but ever, while life lasts, shall I 
cherish his memory. 

With sadness and sorrow I am yours, 



From Leverett M. Chase. 

My dear Friends : I wish to say a word 
about your father, who has so recently left 
us. I knew him intimately, and greatly 
loved and resi)ected him, when in health, as 
a cordial, loving, faithful friend, as an 
efficient and honorable business-man, as 
one whose mind, might, and strength were 
constantly seeking to render brighter and 
better the lives of his fellow-men, as a man of 
marked intellectual force, high conceptions 
of truth and duty, resolute courage, un- 
spotted purity, manly independence, great 
strength of purpose, and, withal, having the 
simplicity, tenderness, and trust of a child. 
Though an earnest worker in the world he 
was not of the world, and kept himself 
"unspotted from the world;" but during 
his long sickness he best displayed the 
strength and beauty of his nature. 

It was my privilege to call on him more 
than one-hundred-and-twenty times during 
his illness. It is not enough to say I never 
heard one single complaint or nmrmur, nor 
yet a single petulant, selfish, or even de- 
spondent word. He seemed not to think of 
himself, or tO be mindful of his own bitter 


and protracted suffering. Rather his whole 
thought was how best to reclaim the erring, 
comfort the afiflicted, lift up the fallen. For 
fifteen months I watched him passing 
through the dark valley. He was not merely 
resigned, patient, and trustful. He walked 
close beside the Good Shepherd, and his soul 
was animated and strengthened by the Great 
Comforter. His great heart was full of 
joyful hope and lofty cheer, as though he 
had already crossed the river and dwelt 
where there "is no more death, neither 
sorrow nor crying, neither any more pain." 
One of his most beautiful and strongly 
marked traits was his love for the young. 
He saw the man in the child, and was 
keenly alive to every influence that affected 
the child's welfare. He saw the greatness 
and infinite possibilities of every human 
soul. He possessed, in an unusual degree, 
qualities that gained the confidence and 
affection of the young. He took a warm 
interest in the school of which I am the 
master, and addressed the pupils on public 
holidays, commanding their attention and 
stimulating them to noble lives. It was his 
custom to present several valuable books, 
each Washington's Birthday, to i)upils who. 


during the year, had shown particular 
fidelity. After his address, he almost always 
came to me to inquire about some poor 
boy whose condition indicated poverty, and 
many a warm suit of clothes was bestowed 
by him upon such as were proper objects 
of charity. No name is more dear to the 
Dudley boys than your father's, and they 
unaminously voted to name one of the trees, 
planted last Arbor Day, the Charles E. 
^Viggin Maple, — the other two being named 
for the Hon. Marshall P. Wilder and Miss 
Lucretia Crocker. 

I proffer my cordial sympathy for your 
great loss. I thank God that I have been 
privileged to know and hold goodly fellow- 
ship with such a man. He rests from his 
labors, and has entered upon his reward. 
Let us remember his virtues, and seek to 
emulate them, hoping to meet him in Heaven. 
Faithfully yours, 



From H. J. Paul. 

South Newmarket, N.II., March 15, 1888. 

Dear Friends : I do sincerely sympathize 
with you in the loss you have sustained in 
the death of your father. I was greatly 
shocked at the news. I have been planning 
a trip to Boston for some time, and had 
promised myself that I would go and see my 
friend Charles E. Wiggin, — a friend whom I 
had learned to love and respect more and 
more, as I knew him better. Too late ! and 
I feel so sorry now I did not see him when I 
was there in October; but he was quite 
miserable then, and I hoped he would be 
better when I next came ; but it was not so 
to be. 

I can hardly realize that we are never to 
see him again in our little village, which he 
loved so well, and where he delighted to 
come. How warmly he greeted anyone 
from South Newmarket, who called on him 
when in Boston. His place can not be 
filled, and I am proud to claim him as 
a fellow-townsman by birth, if not by 

Few lives leave behind such a record as 


your father's, oi goodness, charity, and 
everything that goes to make true nobility. 

May your life be full of happiness and 
peace ; and when your time shall come, may 
you be crowned — as your father will be — 
with blessings from all who knew him. 
Sincerely yours, 






MR. Charles E. Wiggin, for many years 
a succc^sslul merchant, and well 
known throughout life as a practical philan- 
thropist, died at his residence on Woodville 
Square, Roxbury, yesterday afternoon, at 
the age of seventy-four years, after an illness 
of fifteen months, in which heart-disease 
brought on an attack of dropsy, the latter 
terminating fatally. Mr. \\'iggin was born 
at South Newmarket, New Hajnpshire, 
November 26, 1813, and came from a family 
which was prominent in the Revolutionary 
annals of his native State, his grandfathers 
on both sides having fought in the Continen- 
tal ranks. He was also directly connected, 
by descent with Governor Bradstreet. 

In 1828 Mr. Wiggin left his native place 
and came to Boston, with a determination to 
push his fortunes in the New England me- 
tropolis. He took rooms at the North End, 


and entered the crockery-store of Samuel B. 
Pierce, on Union Street, as a clerk, subse- 
quently taking a similar position in the 
crockery-store of Robert Briggs, on Union 
Street, and then on Exchange Street, the late 
Abram French being a clerk there at the 
same time. 

In 1833, when Mr. Wiggin was twenty-one 
years of age, he formed a partnership with 
Edward Chamberlain. This partnership was 
dissolved about a year after it was formed, 
and in April, 1835, Mr. Wiggin leased the 
store Nos. 147-149 Hanover Street, corner 
of Marshall, where he continued to carry 
on the crockery business up to the time of his 
death, fifty-three years next month, a term 
rarely exceeded by any business house. 

Mr. Wiggin resided on Sheafe Street, at 
the North End, for over thirty years, moving 
to Roxbury in 1876. In 1840 he married 
Rebecca C. Hadaway, a sister of John T. 
Hadaway of the surveyor's office at the 
Boston Custom House. He had five chil- 
dren, three sons and two daughters. Of 
these a son and a daughter died when they 
were quite young. The other daughter 
married Joseph D. Sawyer, of Sawyer, Burt, 
& Manning, of New York and Boston, and 


died some eight years ago. Two sons, 
Charles E. Wiggin, Jr., and Arthur C. 
Wiggin, survive, and are members of the firm 
of Charles E. Wiggin & Sons, Mr. AViggin 
joined the Baldwin Place Baptist Church in 
his younger days, and retained his member- 
ship when that church was removed to the 
South End, and formed the nucleus of what 
is now known as the Warren Avenue Baptist 
Church. In his earlier days Mr. Wiggin 
was a member of the Rifle Rangers, a military 
company long since extinct. Although al- 
ways taking an active interest in politics, and 
being prominently identified with many 
political movements, he could never be in- 
duced to take of^ce, with a single exceiJtion, 
when he served for several years on the 
School Committee. 

He was the originator, one of the original 
trustees, and all through life was warmly in- 
terested in the success of the North End 
Savings Bank, 57 Court Street, having been 
the drafter of the original ])etition to the 
Legislature for its act of incorporation. He 
was a man of philanthropic impulses, and 
was never weary in doing anything that 
would contribute to the advantage of the 
convicts at the State Prison, many of whom 


will hear of. his death with feelings of sincere 
sorrow and regret. 

For many years he was a Sunday-school 
teacher at the prison, and his efforts in 
behalf of prisoners, both for their worldly 
and spiritual welfare, were constant and un- 
remitting. Mr. Wiggin was out of the house 
for the last time on election-day, when, as 
was his custom, he voted the Republican 

He remained cheerful and conscious to 
the last, and when it was seen that dissolution 
was near, he named over several intimate 
friends, and in a few kind words desired to 
be remembered to them. Among those so 
named were several of his friends of The 
Traveller staff, who had known and esteemed 
him for his many beneficent acts. Mr. 
Wiggin was for many years a contributor to 
the columns of the Traveller, and frequently 
called the attention of the public to some 
deserving case of charity, some needed 
reform, or some other desirable change, in 
•comnumications signed C. E. W. 

Mr. Wiggin was a careful manager, and 
in his business was (]uite successful, having 
accumulated a handsome property. 

He had four brothers. The oldest, Henry 


P., never left his native county. The next, 
James S. , was a Boston merchant, wiio 
successively engaged in trade with New 
Orleans, Miijuelon, Mauritius, and the ^\'est 
Coast of Africa, and represented the old 
Whig party in the Legislature through sev- 
eral terms. Jeremiah T. entered into busi- 
ness in New Orleans, under the style of 
VViggin & Davenport. Robert Pike was a 
Boston merchant. 


The late Charles E. VViggin was one of 
the great company of the sons of New 
Hampshire who have made Boston their 
home, and have helped to make this city 
what it is. He took a lively interest in its 
affairs, its schools, its churches, its chari- 
ties, and in all the institutions that have 
given it a good reputation abroad and made 
it a desirable place for residence, lie had 
a large actiuaintance, anil always dolightoil 
in doing favors for his frit'iuls and in secu- 
ring hell) for Ihe unfortunate and ncetly ; 
and his death removes a face and form that 
have been familiar in public gatherings lor 
half a century. 



The luneral af Charles E W^iggin took 
place Thursday afternoon, at the . Warren 
Avenue Baptist Church. There was a large 
attendance of mourners to testify the great 
loss which the community and the church 
have sustained in the death of this philan- 
thropic gentleman. Among those present 
were trustees from the North End Savings 
Bank, with which Mr. Wiggin was long 
identified, and representatives from the 
Boston Earthen and Glassware Dealers' As- 
sociation ; three of his nephews, — Rev. J. 
H. Wiggin and Daniel G. Wiggin, of Bos- 
ton, and Hon. Charles E. Smith, of New 
Hampshire ; ex-Senator Col. J. P. Jordan ; 
John T. Hadaway, of the surveyor's depart- 
ment ; Masters Russell and Thomas, repre- 
senting the Dudley schoolboys ; Edwin A. 
Remick, J. F. Beal, John A. Nowell, A. J. 
Tibbetts, Hezekiah Chase, Reuben Crooke, 
George E. Learnard, John C. Pratt, William 
Parkman, Samuel P. Hoi)kins, Nathan L. 
Eaton, and James M. Moore. 

Rev. O. P. Gifford, pastor of the church, 
read Scriptural selections ; and the church 
quartet, Mrs. E. Humphrey-Allen, soprano, 


Mrs, Possc;, contralto, Mr. Frank G. Luut, 
tenor, and Mr. Frank H. Young, bass, ren- 
dered impressively Cast thy Burden on the 
Lord, In the Cross ot Christ 1 Glory, and 
other selections which were favorites with 
the deceased. 

Rev. S. F. Smith, D.D. , author of America, 
the life friend of the deceased, delivered the 
eulogy. He spoke of Mr. Wiggin's fine 
personal presence and noble spirit, oi his 
l)ractical wisdom and ability, of his generos- 
ity, and his readiness to assist the poor 
wherever he found them. He also gave 
reminiscences showing the worth of the 

The following gentlemen officiated as pall- 
bearers : B. W. Dunklee, Joseph .Sawyer, 
Jesse Wadsworth, Clinton Viles, Leverett M. 
Chase, W. Rowland Norcross. 

Mr. William H. Learnard, a lifelong friend 
of the family, had charge of the funeral 
arrangements. The remains were taken 
to Mount Auburn and ]:)laced in the family 
lot. The floral tributes were chaste and 



The death of Mr. Charles E. Wiggin at 
his residence in Roxbury, Monday after- 
noon, will be regretted by a vast number of 
people, many of whom knew hira only 
through his acts of philanthropy. Mr. 
Wiggin was born in South Newmarket, 
N.H., November 29, 1S13. He was always 
very proud of the fact that he was a lineal 
descendant of Governor Simon Bradstreet of 
Massachusetts, a Wiggin having married a 
daughter of the Governor, and taken her to 
his New Hampshire home. 

In 1828 deceased came to Boston a poor 
boy, and entered the crockery-store of Sam- 
uel B. Pierce, on Union Street, as a clerk, 
subsequently taking a similar position in the 
crockery-store of Robert Briggs, the late 
Abravn French being a clerk there at the 
same time. In 1S33, when ?\Ir. Wiggin was 
twenty-one years of age, he formed .1 part- 
nership with Edward Chamberlain. This 
partnership was dissolved about a year after 
it was formed, and in April, 1835, Mr. Wig- 
gin leased the store, 147 and 149 Hanover 
Street, where he carried on the crockery 
business u[) to the time of his death, a term 

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of fifty-three years — rarely exceeded by 
any business house. 

Mr. Wiggin was the originator and one of 
the original trustees of the North End Sav- 
ings Bank, 57 Court Street, having been the 
one who drafted the petition to the Legis- 
lature for its act of incorporation. 

For many years he was a Sunday-school 
teacher at the State Prison, and his efforts 
in behalf of the prisoners, both for their 
worldly and spiritual welfare, were constant 
and unremitting. 

He was a personal friend of Charlotte 
Cushman, and took a natural pride in their 
intimate acquaintance. In earlier days he 
was a member of the Rifle Rangers, a com- 
pany now extinct, and he also served for 
many years on the School Committee. 

Mr. Wiggin joined the Baldwin Place 
Baptist Church in his younger days, and 
retained his membership when that clmrch 
was renioN'od to the Soiuh ImuI ;\nd liMuuil 
the naelv-e.s ol whii 15 v\o»v Ku<.3\v\\ c>-J> tji.£ 
W.uien \\eiu>e U(|'iiv.i Clmu l» 

He resided on ^lluak: SHclM, at Uie Nouli 
End, tor over>' thirty years, removing to 
Roxburv in 1S76. 



Mr. Charles E. Wiggin, for many years a 
well-known dealer in crockery and pa])er- 
hangings in this city, died at his home in 
the Highlands last Monday, atter an illness 
that lasted several months. Mr. Wiggin had 
a wide circle of acquaintances, and his name 
was also familiar to many who had never 
met him personally. 

He took a deep interest in the affairs of 
his adopted city, and was often unofficially 
prominent in matters affecting its welfare. 
The same degree of interest was also be- 
stowed upon his native town of South New- 
market, N. H., the more commendable in 
that he had left that village sixty years ago, 
to settle in Massachusetts. . . . Two years 
ago he was called upon by the citizens of 
South Newmarket to deliver the oration on 
Decoration Day. 

Both of his grandfathers were captains in 
the Revolutionary War, —one of them for 
six years, until he saw his country free, hav- 
ing enlisted his company in the very house 
in that town which now belongs to Mr. 
VViggin's nephew, Hon. C. E. Smith. 

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Mr. Charles V^. Wiggin . . . died at his 
home in Boston last Monday. Mr. Wiggin 
ha(i a wide circle of accjuaintances. . . . He 
took a deej) interest in the affairs of his 
adopted city, and was often unofficially 
prominent in matters affecting its welfare. 

Mr. Wiggin was deeply interested in 
public movements connected with benevo- 
lence and reform, and did more than any 
other man in the agitation which led to the 
establishment of tlie Massachusetts Reform- 
atory Prison. He was also a man of very 
helpful character, and aided many in busi- 
ness and social efforts, l)oth by counsel and 
material assistance. Many struggling young 
men and women are indebted to his hearty 
and kind interest. 

By marriage Mr Wiggin was allied with a 
Barnstable family, the late Captain James 
and Mr. Daniel Crocker being connections. 


AiIERlCA\' ART 7(>UR\A1., N. )'., MARCH j/, ii.SS. 

In the death of Chark-s K. \Viggin, March 
12, age seventy-four, the actors of Boston lose 
a fainihar face. Though a nitmlier of the 
Baptist Church, and not for many long years 
a theatre-goer, he knew more actors tlian 
niany a newspaper man, and was the special 
friend of Charlotte Cusinnan, George Spear, 
and Joseph Proctor. Many a ])oor and 
unfortunate man found liim a ]Kesent helper 
into needed work, and he was always the 
prisoner's friend. 


Mr. Charles F2. Wiggin died in Boston, 
March 12, aged seventy-four. He was 
a member of the Baldwin Place Church in 
his younger days, and removed with that 
Society to Warren Avenue. He was a lead- 
ing merchant of Boston. He was a man of 
philanthropic spirit, teaching a class many 
years in jjrison. He was a contributor to 
The Traveller for many years. 



Mr. C. Fl, Wiggin . . . died at his home 
on Monday, after an iUness that lasted sev- 
eral months. Mr. VViggin had a wide circle 
ot acciuaintances, and his name was familiar 
to many who had never met him. He took 
a deep interest in the affairs of his adopted 
city, and was often prominent in matters 
affecting its welfare. . . . Both of his 
grandfathers were captains in the Revolution 
— one of them for six years, until he saw 
his country free, having enlisted his com- 
pany in the very house in that town which 
Mr. VViggin frequently visited throughout 
his life. ... A man most highly appre- 
ciatetl where he was best understood, Mr. 
Wiggin leaves many friends. His acts of 
kindness to individuals needing assistance 
were numerous. . . . He had been in busi- 
ness for fifty-three years. 


KOSroy LiVDCET, MAKCfl iS, iS&S. 

Dkath has removed a well-known cili/en 
and business-in:ui ol many years' standing, 
Mr. Charles E. \Viggin. He had iraiisac leii 
business in the angle o( Hanover, Union, 
and Marshall Streets for more than litty 
years, and was a pnjiuiiKiU North luid resi- 
dent for a good portion ot that time, living 
for oN'er thirty years in Sheafe Street, lie 
was a very energetic and publiosjjiriled 
man, the promoter of many religious and 
charitable movements, and a true friend to 
many unfortunate and friendless persuns, 
who will sadly miss him. Always cheerful, 
hopeful, and sympathetic, he was the life ol 
social and religious circles,— -a man of [jro- 
nounced opinions, yet always tolerant and 
just. He was a prominent member of tlie 
Warren Avenue liaptist Church, from which 
he was buried on Tliursday. 



Mr. CiiARLKS E. WiGGiN, fov many years 
a crockery-dealer at the corner of Hanover 
and Marshall Streets, died Monday. Mr. 
Wiggin was born in Newmarket, New Hamp- 
shire, but came to Massachusetts over sixty 
years ago. He was a lineal descendant of 
Oovernor Simon Bradstreet, who was chief 
magistrate of Massachusetts from 1679 ^^ 
1686. Both of his grandfathers were captains 
m the Revolutionary War. ... A man 
most liighly appreciated where he was best 
understood, Mr. Wiggin leaves many friends. 
His acts of kindness to individuals needing 
assistance were numerous, and in religious 
matters he was somewhat prominent. For 
many years he was a Sunday-school teacher 
at the State Prison. 


nOSTOiV CI.OHE, MARCH 77, /5i'5. 

Charles E. W'iggin, a veteran business 
man of the North Knd, who dietl last Mon- 
day, was on Thursday buried frt)m the 
Warren Avenue Baptist Church, which he 
joined in 1S42. The present pastor offici- 
ated, together with an old friend, Re\ . Dr. 
Smitli, eighty years of age. There were 
more than one hundred of Mr. Wiggin's <^ld- 
time friends present, ranging in age from 
seventy to ninety. The minister reviewed 
Mr. Wiggin's life, and told how he liad 
ahvays befriended young men from the 
country, and of the interest he took in the 
inmates of the State Prison. 

(Sencalogij anb i^^^^^^l' 


As Charles E. Wiggin was descended 
directly from Governor Thomas 
through his son Andrew, this sketch must 
mainly devote itself to this line ; but remem- 
bering Mr. Wiggin 's fondness for family 
records, and his pride in the facts they 
reveal, considerable latitude has been al- 
lowed, especially in the use of facts which 
have recently come to the knowledge of the 
compiler of this little book ; while recent 
dates are very fully given, for the sake of 
having them set down while they are ac- 
curately known. 

For these notes the compiler is greatly 
indebted, as references here and there 
indicate, to the following sources : 

I. Notes by Levi P. Wiggin, of Exeter, 
New Hampshire, and Boston, Massachusetts, 
who is preparing a full Wiggin Genealogy. 


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2. The Exeter, Newmarket, and South 
Newmarket Directory and History, for 1872, 
compiled by J. L. Beckett, and pu]:)lished 
by Dean Dudley, 8 Congress Square, 

3. Four valuable articles, published in 
The Dover Enquirer for 1869, April 8, 15, 
22, and 29, as part of a long series, under 
the general title. Historical Memoranda. 
The authorship of these articles is attributed 
to Rev. A. H. Quint, D.D., residing in 
Allston, Massachusetts. 

4. A Memoir of Sir Christopher Gardiner, 
written by the Hon. Charles Francis Adams, 
and published in 1883. 

5. Documents published in the Volumes 
of the Massachusetts Historical Society, to 
which access was very kindly given by the 
courteous Librarian, Dr. Samuel A. Green, 
and his assistant. 

6. The old family Bible, which came into 
the glad possession of Charles E. Wiggin, 
not many years before his death. This Bible 
was printed in London, from 1609 to 16 12, 
just before the King James Version was 
issued, and was doubtless brought from 
England by Governor Thomas and his wife. 


Its record-pages have been somewhat de- 
faced by time and water, but many entries 
are in such good black ink as to be almost as 
lep^hle a? wheii f.:-<t vvnno;v A sin^!^ ].>.-.i 
however was yeatii ago parciallv torn ouc by 
a vandal hand, — probably by some foolish 
woman who wished to conceal the record of 
her age. It is noticeable that a few of the 
dates in this Bible differ from those cited by 
other writers quoted, but the ancient record 
is probably correct. This Bible is not the 
Authorized Version, first issued in 1610; 
but it is probably a copy of the Geneva 
Bible (one of the latest, if not the very last, 
of the eighty editions of that remarkably 
tenacious translation — and also somewhat 
altered, containing the Apocrypha, which 
the early editions did not contain) as it was 
published by the Company of Stationers, 
London, and the Printer to the King, cum 
privilegio^ Robert Barker, to whom was trans- 
ferred, in 1576, the patent of monopoly 
issued to James Bodleigh in 1561. Unfor- 
tunately the general titlepage is lost ; but on 
the titlepage of the Psalter — which is 
placed at the beginning, with the Sternhold 
and Hopkins metrical version of the Psalms 
— is the date 1609, The New Testament 


claims to be from the Latin version ot Theod. 
Beza, with his notes, and its titlepage bears 
the date of 1611. At the close of the Index 
of definitions and subjects is still another 
date, 161 2. As the Genevan Version was 
a favorite with the Puritans, whose brethren 
had made its accjuaintance during their exile 
in Switzerland, and liked its anti-monarchical 
flavor, it is wholly in accord with the char- 
acter of Governor Wiggin that he should 
select it for his family-Bible, instead of the 
royal translation ; for although James I did 
not like the theological politics of the 
Genevan Bible, it was a long time before 
the Authorized Version fully superseded the 
older versions in popular use. 

The name of Wiggin is common only in New 
Ham[ishire, and is seldom met with, in this country, 
out of New England. The neighboring town of 
.Stratham lias for nearly two centuries been the seal 
of the family, and I am inclined to think that at this 
moment more than half the inhabitants of that 
ancient town are the lineal descendants of Thomas 
Wiggin, who was the lirst of the name in this country, 
and probably the ancestor of all who now bear it, — 
at least in the Northern .Slates. — Dover Enquirer, 
April S, jSuq. 

Stratham was chartered in 17 16, and the 
first legal town-meeting was held the same 
year. The population is now about eight- 


hundred. The Wiggins were among tlie 
earlier settlers ; and until nearly the present 
time descendants of the family occuined the 
homestead of their forefathers. 

Timothy and Benjamin Wiggin, descendants of 
the earliest settlers of Stratham, came to Boston and 
engaged in mercantile l)usiness. Later they engaged 
in manufactures, in the early days of such enterprises ; 
and after a few successful years wont to London, 
and established a l^auking-house. Both died with 
unspotted reputations. Their business was con- 
tinued by their children; and one branch, called 
the Asiatic, Euro[)ean, and American Banking- 
house, was, in 1872, represented in New York by 
Augustus Wiggin. — Exeter Directory. 


IN the direct order of lineage there comes 
first the Founder of the family in America. 
Captain Thomas VViggin came to New 
England about the year 1630, and was 
ai)pointed Agent, and Superinteniknt of the 
Dover Plantation, in 1631. The next year 
he was sent by the colonists back to Eng- 
land, to secure more ample means for the 
advancement of the infant colony. Me 
returned in 1633, bringing with him a 
number of families, "some of them men of 
property and of some account for religion," 
together with " some of no account," as one 
record adds. He remained at the head of 
the colony until 1636, when he was succeeded 
by George Burdett ; but he continued for a 
number of years to be prominent in the 
affairs of the colony. His wife's first name 
was Catherine, but her full maiden name has 
not yet been ascertained. They were prob- 
ably married in England, on his return 
thither in 1633. They had two sons, Andrew 


and Thomas, and one daughter, Mary. 
Andrew was born about 1635, and Thomas 
five years later, as is shown by their respec- 
tive depositions, taken in 1700, and still 
preserved. Governor Wiggin died in the 
year 1667, or thereabouts. 

The following extended account of him is 
from The Dover Enquirer, for April 8, i86g : 

This gentlemen came to New Hampshire in 1631, 
as agent of the Proprietors for the Upper Plantation, 
embracing Dover, Durham, and Stratham. with part 
of Newington and Greenland. After spending a 
year or two here, he returned to England on the 
business of the Province, and by his " good testi- 
mony," as Governor Winthrop says, in behalf of the 
Massachusetts Colony, did much to avert the evils 
that threatened it from the enmity of Gorges and 

On his return to New Hampshire he lirought with 
him "a considerable number of families from the 
West of England, some of whom were of good 
estates." . . . Mr. 1-everedge, a worthy Puritan 
minister, accompanied him; but the colony did not 
then feel able to support him, and he went to 

Governor Wiggin was continued at the head of the 
Plantati(;n, under the Lords Say and Brook, until 
the people of Dover, instigated by liurdett, displaced 
him, and elected that factious demagogue ami im- 
moral minister for their Governor. 

Upon the union of this province with Massachu- 
setts, Wiggin was appointed a magistrate. He was 
a Deputy to the General Court, from Dover, in 1645 ! 
and from 1650 to 1664 was one of the Assistants — 
the only one at that time from New Hampshire. He 
was one of the principal men of the province during 


liis life, auil sec-ins to have eujuyed iiuicli of llic 
confidence and respect of the conimunily. 

lie did not, however, escape envy and abuse; fnii 
I^e found himself sustained not only jjy his osvn 
consciousness of good intentions, but by the good 
opinion of those who knew him, and by the tribunals 
to which an appeal was occasionally made, everi 
then, for the punishment of libellers and the vindi- 
cation of the object of their attacks 

In 1655 Philip Chesley was presented "for 
reproachful speeches against tlie worship,ful Captain 
Wl^'gin;" and, being found guilty, was sentenced 
to " make a public acknowledgment three times,- — 
first at the head of the Train band, and at the two 
next public meeting days at Do\'er, when Oyster 
River people sliall bo there present, — or be whipped 
ten stripes and pay a fine of 1^5." 

In the History of New England, to 16S0, 
by the Rev. William Hubljaid, of Ipswich, 
he cites the Grant of Council, November 3, 
1631, to the Laconia Company, who had 
sent over Captain Neale as Governor in 
1630, and speaks of Shrewsbury Proprietors, 
who employed Captain Wiggin to carry on 
the settlement begun by the Hiltons. 

[See a paper by Charles Deane, in I'roceedings 
of Massachusetts Historical Society, foi 1876, page 

Hubbard speaks (page 217) ot a contest 

between Captain Waller Neale 

and Captain Wiggans, eui})loyed in like manner to 
begin a IManlation higher up the l\^i\'er, for some 
of Shrewsbury, who, being forbidden by him, the 
said Neale, to come upon the point of kind [claimed 


by Neale for his employers] that lieth in the midway 
between Dover and Essex, Captain Wiggan intended 
to have defended his right by the sword; but it 
seems both the litigants had so much wit in their 
anger as to wave the battle, each accounting himself 
to have done very manfully in what was threatened; 
so as in respect, not of what did, but what might have 
fallen out, the place to this day retains the formidable 
name of Bloody Point. 

This point, still so called, is situated oppo- 
site Dover. 

In the work called The First Planting of 

New Hampshire, written by John S. Jenness, 

and published in 1878, (page 39-70), we 

read of 

one Captain Thomas Wiggin, a stern Puritan, and 
the conlidential friend of Governor Winthrop of 
Massachusetts Kay. . . . We find Wiggin writing 
from that place [the banks of the Piscataqua] * to 
Governor Winthrop, in October, 1631, persuading 
the latter to take revenge on a party of Indians, for 
a murder committed on Walter Bagnall, called 
Great Wat., at Richardson's isle. . . . [Winthrop] 
thought best to sit awhile. 

According to Jenness, Wiggin's whole life 
was spent in maintaining the title of Massa- 
chusetts Bay, under the charter of 1625, 

Again he says: 

Shortly after the quarrel with Captain Neale, 
Captain Wiggin went out to England in 1632; and 
forming a company of honorable men, as Winthrop 

* In this connection it is interestinR to learn that several 
Indians gave Threc-in-one as the meaning of Piscataquay, ftom 
the fact triat three rivers there unite. 


calls them, succeeded, with their aid, in purchasing 
from Hilton and his Bristol associates the entire 
Hilton I'.jiiil, at the price of £2150. 

Among the purchasers were Lord Say and 
Lord Brook. Captain Wiggin was appointed 
manager for the new company, and returned 
to New England with reinforcements and 
supplies, and also with a godly minister 
[Mr. Leveredge], arriving at Salem, Massa- 
chusetts, October 10, 1633. 

He at once took steps "to submit this 
territory to Massachusetts jurisdiction." In 
November he wrote toAVinthrop al^out a stab- 
bing case. If death should ensue, he wanted 
the party tried in Massachusetts. Winthrop 
repMed that if " Pascataquack lay within 
liinits, as supposed," he would try him. 

The next year Wiggin wrote to the Gov- 
ernor of Massachusetts, offering jurisdiction 
over criminals "at the river." Winthrop 
says that "the governor and assistants 
thought not fit." 

The purchase practically failed. Wiggin 
cotild not deliver the territory according to 
the bargain. Edward Hilton, a Churchman 
and Royalist, was his chief opponent ; and 
the Plantations united to resist Wiggin' s 
designs, and baffled him. One contempo- 


raneous writer speaks of him contemptuously 
as old Wiggins. There was really a petty 
revolution. Governor Wiggin was deposed 
from his proprietary governorship. An 
independent government was set up by the 
Combination (so called), and Burdctt was 
made governor. 

In this connection the following note — 
from pages 29 and 30 of Hon. Charles 
Francis Adams, Jr.'s Monograph on Sir 
Christopher Gardiner — is gladly reprinted: 

Tills personage was one of the strong men of 
early New England history, — a typical Puritan. 
The exact time of his ccjming over is nut known, and 
very possibly it was with Winthrop. In any event, 
he from the beginning stood high, not only in 
Winlhrop's confidence, but in that of Lord Say and 
Sele, Lord Brooke, and other leaders of the Par- 
liamentary party in England. Almost immediately 
after the settlement at Boston was effected, questions 
of boundary, under the conflicting grants of the 
Council for New England, began to present them- 
selves. Under one of these grants a settlement had 
already been effected at Piscataqua, in New Hamp- 
shire. The Massachusetts Bay Company contended 
that, under the proper construction of the charter of 
1629, their boundary reached a parallel of latitude 
drawn three miles above the most northerly point on 
the Merrimack River. This, of course, included 
the settlement on the Piscataqua. 

Either Captain Wiggin was sent to New Hamp- 
shire by the Massacliusetts magistrates as a suitable 
person to look after their interests in that (piarler, or 
he went tliere to explore the country witli a view to 
its settlement. In October, 1C31, he had certainly 


been there some time, and in correspondence with 
Winthrop, lor on the 22d of that month the latter 
received a letter from him in relation to the murder 
of Walter Bagnall by the Indians, at Richmond 
Island. The next year (1632) Wiggin, who lived 
at Hilton Pomt, was in collision \vith Captain Nealc, 
the Governor of the Lower Plantation for the Laconia 
associates (Mason and Gorges), on the (juestion of 
jurisdiciion. Wiggin then, acting in concert with 
Winthrop, went out to England, and induced certain 
leading men among the Puritans to buy up the so- 
called Hilton Patent of 1629/30. It was while he 
was in England on this business that Wiggin wrote 
the letter to Downing . . . Returning to New Eng- 
land with reinforcements and supplies the next year, 
Wiggin landed at Salcn\, October 10, 1633. He at 
once established himself with his people at Hilton's 
Point, ur Dover, where he was Governtjr for a 
number of years. As such he exerted himself to 
bring the towns on the Piscataqua under the 
jurisdiction of Massachusetts, which was effected in 
1641 and 1643. • • • for over thirty years he was 
the mainstay of the pretensions of Massachusetts 
Bay in the region of the Piscataqua. For fourteen 
years he held the oflice of Assistant to the Governor 
of Massachusetts Bay, and is said to have been the 
only Piscataqua man ever chosen to that pusition. 
A strong l^nitan and Commonwealth Man, he passed 
his life among Episcopalians and Royalists, in 
endless contention with them. 

In the Lowell Institute Lectures of the 
Massachusetts Historical Society, pages 127 
-162 is an account, by Samuel F. Haven, 
of various land-grants, including the one 
contested by Thomas Wiggin ; and in the 
Proceedings of the Massachusetts Histori- 
cal Society for 1876 (pages 364, 365) are 
interesting facts. 


In 1 64 1 the inhabitants of Strawberry 
Bank defied "Captain Wiggins to bring his 
Pattent to this present Court." A blue spot 
on the map indicates the tract of land given 
to Captain VViggin and his partners. This 
tract was three miles square, along Exeter 
River, a territory now included in the town 
of Stratham, and extending to the beautiful 
outlook of Sandy Point. 

Here is still to be found the cellar of the 
Squamscott flouse, built by Thomas Wiggin 
in 1650. In 165 1, soon after building the 
house, he bought, of Thomas Lake, a large 
interest in the Squamscott Patent, which was 
allotted to Wiggin and his partners, who 
soon after yielded their share to him. 

Captain Wiggin was buried near his home, 
in a field sloping towards the bay, — almost 
on the boundary-line. There also were 
buried the members of his family. The recent 
owner of the spot was a lineal descendant of 
Captain Thomas. The gravestones are all 
gone, but great oaks and maple's grow there. 
This leads one historian to remark that 
TlKMUas \\'ii;}^iii, hoiiii; like jushiia lln- sun ol 
Nun, — who led the children of Israel into a 
new land, — it was fitting that, like Joshua, 
he should be buried "in the border of his 


inheritance in Tiianath-serah, which is in 
Mount Ephraini, on the north side of the hill 
of Gaash." (Joshua xxiv. 30.) 

In his historical monograph on Sir Chris- 
topher Gardiner, the Hon. Charles I'^ancis 
Adams, Jr., says that for certain facts he 
is indebted to a letter from Thomas AViggin, 
of Piscataqua, to Emanuel Downing, of the 
Inner Temple, London, — Governor Win- 
throp's brother-in-law. This letter was writ- 
ten in Bristol, England, " the last of August, 
1632." In it Thomas Wiggin has much to 
say about the marriage of Thomas Purchas, 
who settled on the Androscoggin River, near 
Brunswick, Maine, to Mary Grove. 

It appears that Gardiner had been in 
Bristol, where he indulged in "unstinted 
denunciation of Governor Winthrop, the 
magistrates, and the people generally of 
Massachusetts," declaring them to be 
"traitors, and rebels against his Majesty." 

Later, in the same monograph — for a 
copy of which the compiler is greatly in- 
debted to the author — Mr. Adams further 
states that Captain Wiggin at once wrote to 
Emanuel Downing, who acted as agent for 
the Massachusetts Company, the letter 
already referred to, wherein he told Downing 


what Gardiner was about, and suggested that 
means should be found "to stop the fellow's 

Fortunately we are able to read this letter, 
or rather these letters, for ourselves, the 
Hon, James Savage having found them in 
London, and published them, with other 
historic papers, in the Collections of the 
Massachusetts Historic Society, third series, 
volume viii, page 320, as Gleanings for New 
England History. Mr. Savage places the 
letters in the order here followed, though 
apparently the last should be first. He 
also supplements them with the following 
comment : 

This letter [the second] is evidently written in a 
hand dilferent from that of the signer; but his 
signature varies materially from thai of the prior 
letter, addressed to Downing, which is the same 
with the body of that letter. Was one letter written 
by the father, and the other by the son? If so, this 
letter is from the son. 

In this surmise Mr. Savage must have 
been in error, inasmuch as Governor Wiggin 
was not married till 1632 or 1633, and these 
letters must have been written soon after his 
marriage, if not before. 


Bristoll last of August 1632. 

WORTiiYE Sir, — Althought I am not kiiownc 
unto you, yet I cannot but scrtilii; you of the canape 
of an unworthy person, on Sir Cristofor Gardner 
which is lately arrived here in Hristoll out of New 
England. He is a man I suppose you have herd of, 
for I am informed he hath in Londim two wives; 
about two years and some odd months he went 
from them both with a harlot into New England, 
where he remayned some spasse of tynie, before 
they had intelligence what he was. But in the ende 
on Isake Allerton cominge over, which testified to 
the Governor and Assistants that lie had sjjake with 
on or both of his wives, this Gardner, understanding 
soe much, fearing he should be called in question, 
fled, thinking to have gon to the Duch plantation, 
and soe to have freed himselfe from them, Ijut they 
speedely making after him, by the helpe of the 
natives of the country apinehended him and brought 
him backe, and he remayned with them some spasse 
of tyme. And then on Purchess, a man who livcth 
in the estern part of New England, comminge to 
the Massatusets, there did he marrye with this 
Gardner's wench, and take her awaye and this 
Gardner both with him; which was done about 12 
months since, where this Gardner remayned ever 
since, till the 15th of August last he apeared here 
in Bristoll, where he doth most scandeslye and 
baselye abuse that worthye Governor Master 
Winthrop with the Assistants and enhabitants who 
lyve under him, reporting that they aie noe lesse 
than traytors and rebels ag.\inst his Majcstye, with 
divers others most scand(jls and aprobious s[)eches. 


which on mye owne knolagc is most falce, and sayth 
furthernioie, that he was dioven to swinie for his 
lyfe, because he stoode for the King's cause. But 
the trutli is, it was doutinge that they would have 
hanged liini for his abiguniie. 

I, could desire, that you wouUl youse some menes 
to slope this fellos mouth. Yf I weare sertayne that 
his 2 wives ar yet alyve, I should be williuge to do 
mye best that the lawe might be exicuted upon him. 
Where they lyve, I knowe not, but in London I 
hear they ar. I would desire you, that you would 
enquire, whether they ar, and whether they are yet 
alyve, and let me understand your minde in it. In 
the meane whylle I shall doe my best to talce offe his 
falce aspersions which I hope I shall doe amonge 
honest men, and for others it matters not. Master 
Wintrop did tell me, he had write to you and to 
Master Umfris conserning me. I determine to 
come and may bee to bee with you. There was an 
oulde acquayntance of mine, which was with me of 
late, on Lance, a marchant taylor now living In 
Gloster, which since my first acquayntance wdtli him 
hath ben in some parts of the West Indes or the 
Careebo llandes, and as he pretendes to me hath 
goten expectance of a sertayne stabell commoditye 
which will bee verye benificiallye for Ne\\' England, 
where he desires to goe and to plant it there. I 
hope he is an honest man, which makes me to 
give some credit to him. I wished him to talk with 
Master Ilumfns and yourselfe about it, & yf you can 
finde any probibillitye, which I dout not but you will, 
In discoursinge with him, you mayc doe well lofurJor 
him the Best you maye, for 1 assure you stabell 
commodityes is the thinge they want there. I shall 
not lU'fJ, 1 dout, declare the hap[)y prosedinge and 
welfare of New England, but I dout not but you 
have hard it from others. But this I maye saye, 
the Lord hath ben verye grasious unto them, and 
it is a wonder to me to see what maters Iheye 
have done In soc smalle a tyme. Thusse desiringe 


the Lords blessinge to bee upon you and all thosse 
that unfaynedly desire his glorye 1 humbellye take 
my leve and rest. 

Yours to command & all love 
Thomas Wiggin. 


To his worthye frend 

Master Downihge att his howse 
In flete Strete nere 
fleete Cundit 



Right hono*^'^ 

Havinge lately bin in New England in America, 
and taken notice both of some coraodities and 
advantages to this State wch that contrie will afford, 
and there havinge visited the plantations of the 
English and amongst the rest that especially in the 
Mattachusetts (being the largest best and most 
prospering in all that land) I have made bold to 
inform yo'r hono'r of some observations wch I have 
taken both of the contrie and that Plantation. 

As for the contrie it is well stored with goodly 
Timber and Masts for shippinge, and will afford 
Cordage, Pitch and Tarr, and as good hempe and 
fflax as in any pte of the world, growes there naturally 
fitt for cordage and sayles, whereof this kingdome 
will soone finde the benefitt, if the plantation jno- 
ceed awhile without discouragemt, as hitherto it hath 

For the plantatation in the Mattachusetts, the 
English there being about 2000 people, yonge and 
old, are generally most industrious and fitt for such 
a worke, having in three yeares done more in 


buyldinge and plantinge then others have done in 
seaven tymes that space, and with at least ten tymes 
lesse expence. 

Besides I have observed the planters there, and 
by theire loving just and kind dealinge with the 
Intlians, have gotten theire love and respect and 
drawne them to an outward conformity to the 
English, soe that the Indians repaire to the English 
Governor there and his deputies for justice. 

And for the Governor liiniselfe, I have observed 
him to bee a discrete and sober man, givinge good 
example to all the planters, wearinge plaine ajjparell, 
such as may well beseeme a meane man, drinkinge 
ordinarily water, and when he is not conversant 
about matters of justice, putting his hand to any 
ordinary e labour with his servants, ruling with much 
mildness, and in this particular I observed him to 
be strict in the execution of Justice upon such as 
have scandalized this state, either in civill or eccle- 
siasticall govenmaent, to the greate contentmt of 
those that are best affected, and to the terror of 

Of all wch. I my self e havinge bin an eye wit- 
nesse am the rather induced to j^resent the same to 
yo'r liono'r, tocleare the reputation of the plantation 
from certain false rumors and scandales, wch. I per. 
ceive since my retorne to England some persons, 
ill affected to the plantations there, have cast abroad, 
as namely one Sir Christopher Gardiner, whoe 
leavinge two wives here in England, went with an 
other yonge woman into New England, there, being 
discovered by letters from England, he was sep- 
erated from his wench. A second is one Moreton 
whoe (as I am Informed by his wife's sonne and 
others) upon a foule suspition of Murther fled hence 
to New England, and there falling out with some of 
the Indians, he shott them with a fowling peice, for 
wch and other misdemeanours, upon the Indians 
complaint, his howse by order of Court there, was 
destroyed and he banished the plantation. A third 


was one Ratcliffe whoe as I am crediblie informed, 
for most horible blasphemy was condemned there to 
lose his eares, whoe with the former two, and some 
other the like discontented and scandalous persons, 
are lately retorned hither, seekinge to cover the shame 
of theire owne facts, by castinge reproaches upon 
the plantation, doe addresse themselves to Sir 
Ferdinand Gorges, whoe by theire false informations 
is nowe projectinge howe to deprive that plantation, 
of the priviledges graunted by his Ma'tie and to 
subvert theire government, the effects whereof will be 
the utter ruine of this hopefull plantation, by 
hinderinge all such as would goe to them, and 
drivhige those already planted there either to retorne, 
or disperse into oilier places, wch 1 leave to your 
grave judgm't myselfe being none of their plantation, 
but a neighbour by, have done this out of that 
respect I here to the generall good. I have bin too 
briefe in this relation in regard 1 feared to be over 
troblesome to yo'r hono'r. Soe I take leave and rest 

Yo'r honors humble servant, 
The XlXth daye of Tiio. Wiggin 

November 1632. 

To the right hono'ble S'r John 
Cooke knt.principall Secretary 
to his Ma'tie and one of his 
highnes most hono'ble privie 
couucell. These dr. 


ANDREW WiGGiN, oldest son of Captain 
Thomas, was born about 1635. He 
married, June 3, 1659, Hannah, daughter of 
Governor Simon Bradstreet, of Andover, 
Massachusetts. Andrew Wiggin at one 
time owned nearly all of the town of Strat- 
ham, on the easterly side of the Squamscot 
River ; and the farm is still reputed one of 
the finest in New England, being at present 
owned and used as a stock farm, by 
Benjamin D. Whitcomb, of Boston. 

On the fourth of June, 1663, Thomas Wiggin, 
and Catherine his wife, gave to their son Andrew, 
"in consideration of his late marriage with Hannah, 
daugliter of Simon Bradstreet, of Andover, Esquire," 
a deed of "all that our land" called or known by 
the name of Quamscutt, being three miles sc|uare, or 
thereabouts. — Dover Eiiquirer^ April 8, i86g. 

In 1663 Andrew and Hannah Wiggin, of 
Quamscot, sold land ; and in 1680 John Cutt 
willed to his son John Cutt "all the land I 
bought of Mr. Wiggin, being 160 pole by 
the water side, and extending three miles 
back into the woods." 


Hannah Bradstreet was not only Governor 
Bradstreet's daughter, but, through her 
mother, she was the granddaughter of Gov- 
ernor Thomas Dudley, and niece of Governor 
Joseph Dudley. Her mother, IMrs. Anne 
Dudley Bradstreet, 1613 — 1672, was the 
authoress of many poems (See Griswold's 
Female Poets of America) and known as the 
Sappho of New England, and also as the 
Tenth Muse, because the first to publish 
a small volume of verse in this country ; and 
she wrote the following quaint lines about 
her children : 

I had eight birds hatch't in the nest; 
Four cocks there were, and hens the rest. 
I nurs't them up with pains and care, 
For cost nor labor did I spare; 
Till at the last they felt their \ving, 
Mounted the trees and learned to sing. 

In those ancient days in Stratham strict 
rules were adopted in regard to Sunday wor- 
ship, one of which was, as we learn from the 
Exeter Directory : 

When the cometey have seatid the meeting house 
every person that is Seatid shall Set in those Seats 
or pay five sliillings Pir day for every day they set 
out of there Seates in a disorderly manner to advaince 
themselves higher in the meeting house. 

An exception to this rule was made in the 
case of Mr. Andrew Wiggin, who had 


" Leberty to set in what seat he pleaseth." 
Evidently Andrew had a strain of charac- 
teristic independence, which has not died 
out of the Wiggin blood. 

Andrew Wiggin was not much in public life, but 
in private life he appears to have been much regarded, 
and considered as a sort of Patron of Squamscot. As 
such, and especially as a man regarding his own 
interests and the interests of the colonists, he oc- 
casionally came into collision with Mason and his 
friends, with whom he and his family were not at all 
times on the best of terms. 

Walter Barefoot was one of Mason's friends, and 
was so connected, by marriage, with the Wiggin 
family, as to make the ill-will, which was now and 
then stirred up between them, peculiarly bitter. In 
June, 1667, Barefoot entered a complaint against 
Wiggin for beating and bruising him in the public 
higliway. and robbing him of a pistol, and several 
writings "of great concernment." Both parties 
were bound in recognizance to appear at the next 
Court — one to prosecute and the other to answer. 

In September there was a solemn trial, which left 
the whole case and the whole Court very much in 
the dark, as appears from the record which reads in 
thiswise: " Tiie Court find that the charge is not 
proved in all the particulars of it; but finding that 
the said Andrew Wiggin thrust the said Barefoot 
into a gully, and did after that in another place, upon 
some words passing between them, turn towards said 
Barefoot and face him; and suddenly thereupon both 
were seen upon the ground scufiling, the said Barefoot 
demanding his pistol of said Wiggin, which said 
Barefoot said he had taken from him, and which 
this C(iurt df-tli suspect tlic y.;ni\ VJi'/,i.n" ''id t;d:f; 
from Jiirn, — the Courl jud^^ts Ih', said V/ij^gUi to 
have broken the peace." 

They sentenced him to pay a fine of ten pounds 
(which they immediately after reduced to five) and 


the costs. On another charge, more immediately 
affecting his domestic and moral cliaracter, which 
the malice of his enemies, about the same lime, 
brought against him, he was triumphantly acquitted, 
even by a Court which was rather prone to suspect 
without cause, and convict without evidence 

In his will Mr. Wiggin mentioned severaL of his 
grandchildren, and made some provision for them, 
extending his affection and care beyond those ex- 
isting, to those in c'sse ; and particularly piovided 
that "if Andrew hath another son his name .shall be 
Thomas, and be bred a scholar." Tiie provision, 
however, was void, for Thonnis, the son of Andrew, 
lived not to become a scholar; and although from 
that time to this there have been multitudes of the 
descendants of Governor Thomas who bore his 
name, — active, honest, and industrious men, like 
their ancestor, — no 'I'honms Wiggin has yet been 
" bred a scholar," or had his name inserted in the 
catalogue of an American College. 

Dover Enquirer^ April, S, iSCg. 

The children of Aiidrew and Hannah 
Wiggin were eleven: Thomas, Simon, Han- 
nah, Mary, Andrew, Eradstreet, Abigail, 
Dorothy, Sarah, Jonathan, and one other. 
The elder Andrew died in 1710, age seventy- 
five. His wife died about three years before. 

In the old Bible the names of Abigail, 
Dorothy, Sarah, Jonathan, and the "one 
other" do not appear; but perhaps these 
names were on the missing fragment of the 
leaf, and belong to dates 1677, 167S, 1680, 
1682, 16S3, on the remaining fragment; 


for of Mary's name only the letter y is 
left ; and of Andrew's, only ew. There can 
be no question that another fragmentary name 
stands for Bradstreet. 

1. Thomas, the eldest son of Anilrew, was born 
March 5, 1662 [Marcli 28, 1661, in the old Bible]. 
He marrietl Martha Dennison, a daughter of John 
Dennison, of Ipswich, and granddaughter of Major- 
general Daniel Dennison, and Patience his wife, who 
was a daughter of Governor Dudley. The mother 
of Mrs. Wiggin was Martha, a daughter of Deputy- 
governor Synionds, of Massachusetts. Mr. Thomas 
Wiggin died in early life, leaving but one child, 
Hannah. — Dover Enquirer^ April ij, iSbg. 

2. Of the next son, Simon, — evidently 
named for his maternal grandfather, — more 

3. Andrew's daughter Hannah, born 
August 10, 1666, married Elder William 
Wentworth's son Samuel. As she died before 
1 70 1 she is not mentioned in her father's 
will ; but her son Samuel, a Boston merchant, 
received a legacy, and died in 1715. 

4. Mary, born March 22, 1667/8, married 
Captain Jeremy Gilman, of E.xeter ; and 
one of her descendants. Colonel Samuel 
Gilman, was trustee of Governor Went- 
worth's estate, when that gendeman left the 

5. Judge Andrew, son of Andrew, and 

grandson of the Governor, was born January 

6, 1671/2 and was twice married. His 

second wife — Jacob Freese's widow, of 

Hampton, originally Rachel Chase — he 

married January 4, 1737. He was often in 

public affairs and was for several years 

Speaker of the House of Representatives and 

Judge of Probate for the Province. 

For some time he was on the Eench of the 
Superior Court, but whether by appointment as 
Justice of that Court, or as a special Justice, is not 
certain. His name is not in Mr. Adams's list of the 
judges, but in several of tlie old dockets of the 
Court he appears to have been present as a Justice. 
Judge Wiggin died about the first of the year 1756. 
His will was proved on the sixth of February in that 
year. — Dover Enquirer^ April 75, iSbg. 

The Judge's children were Hannah, 
Martha, Abigail, Mary, Mercy, Jonathan, 
Bradstreet. Jonathan Wiggin had six chil- 
dren, including a son of the same name, 
born January 19, 1740, who had the tide of 
Captain, was a member of the Legislature, 
and was thrice married. 

6. Bradstreet, Judge Andrew's youngest 
son, married Phebe Sherburne, by whom he 
had six children. The widow of Andrew 
(May 5, 1737 — September 16, 1778.) sur- 
vived him fifty-six years, dying January 24, 
1834? ^ged one hundred, leaving one- 


hundred-and-fifty descendants, including 
eighty-eight greatgrandchildren. This Mrs. 
Andrew Wiggin, born October 6, 1733, was 
Mary Jewett ; and her mother was Anna, a 
daughter of Jonathan Wiggin. Before her 
marriage with Andrew Wiggin, Mary was 
the widow of Walter Weeks. 

7. Abigail, daughter of Andrew and Han- 
nah Wiggin, born September 14, 1678; 
married William French of Stratham. 

8. Dorothy, born October 14, 1680 
married a Oilman. 

9. Sarah, born January 6, 1682, married 
William Moore, and lived in Concord. 

10. Jonathan, born March 11, 1683, died 
in 1738, leaving several children. 

11. The compiler conjectures that the one 
child unknown was born November 28, 
1677, and died in early infancy, as another 
child was born in less than ten months after. 

Here we step aside from our regular line 

to consider the fortunes of a marked member 

of the family, Thomas, the other son of the 

Governor, born in 1640. 

It is stated by Abbot, in his history of Andover, 
that Anne, a daughter of Governor Bradstreet, 
married Mr. Wiggin of Exeter. Unless Andrew 
married two sisters, which we think hardly probable, 


Anne was the wife of Thomas Wiggin ; but if so, she 

was his first wife, and probably died without chil- 
dren. The mother of his children was Sarah. 

In a deed from Walter Barefoot to Thomas 
Wiggin, dated June 27, 1762, the grantor speaks of 
the grantee as his brother, and again as his brother- 
in-law. The tradition is that the wife of Thomas 
was a strict observer of Chri.itmas and other festi- 
vals, and a zealous friend of the Church of England. 
She might have been a sister of Barefoot ; but her 
husband, if a brotlier, was not a very constant friend 
of Walter. 

While Barefoot was Deputy-governor, and 
Mason, then the dovernor, was residing at Barefoot's 
house, prosecuting his claims as Proprietor, Thomas 
Wiggin and Anthony Nutter, " a tall big man," called 
to see I'lm ; and after supper, being in the kitchen, 
Wiggin treated the Governor with so little deference 
that the latter ordered him out of the house. Instead 
of going, he told Mason that he (Mason) had no 
business in the Province, owned not a foot of land 
in it, and never should own any ; whereat the 
Governor was so much provoked that he opened the 
door, and took Wiggin by the arm to thrust him 
out ; but Wiggin being, as the Governor afterwards 
deposed, " a big strong man," took Mason by the 
collar, threw him upon the fire, and held him there 
until he scorched his feet and stockings, and his 

Upon Barefoot's interfering in behalf of Mason, 
Wiggin released Mason, who was sufficiently roasted, 
and thrust Deputy Barefoot under the forestick ; in 
which operation two of Barefoot's ribs were broken 
and one of his teeth knocked out. A servant brought 
Mason his sword, but Nutter snatched it out of his 
hands, and laugiied at the sufierers, wliile Wiggin 
was toasting them. 

Mr. Wiggin was of Dover, but in the latter part 
of his life resided at Sandy Point, where it is supposed 
his father died, and where he also died in 1700, or 
early in 1701. His children were: 


1. Catherine, who married Robert Tufton, and 
after his death became the wife of her cousin, Captain 
Simon Wiggin. 

2. Sarah, wife of Henry Sherburn. 

3. Susanna, who married a Johnson. 


SIMON, the second son of Andrew, was 
born April 17, 1664/5. The name of 
his first wife has not been ascertained. Their 
children were Hannah, Deborah, and Simon. 
He also married Mrs. Catherine Mason ; 
and this second wife oudived him. Captain 
Simon dymg about the year 1720, while she 
lived till the year 1738. 

This second wife wns Catherine, widow of Robert 
Tufton, who took the name of Mason. She was 
originally Catherine Wiggin, daughter of Thomas 
Wiggin, and granddaughter of Governor Thomas. 
Prior to her marriage with her cousin, Captain Simon 
Wiggin, he entered into a sort of marriage contract 
with her, duly recorded in the County Records. 
By this contract, dated October 29, 1703, he agrees 
to take her " out of pure love," and " without any- 
thing beside her person," and relinquishes all claim 
upon the property of her first husband. 

In her will she spoke of her daughter Elizabeth, wife 
of Walter P'lilbrick, and of her grandsons John 
Tufton, Thomas Tufton, and Tufton Philbrick. 
Dover Enquirer April /j, iSbg. 



THIS Simon, the third child and only son 
of Captain Simon, was born August 12, 
1 701, and married Susannah Sherburne, born 
March 13, 1703, The date of marriage has 
disappeared from our Bible, but the birth- 
dates remain. Their children were : 

1. Simon, of whom more in the next 

2. Sarah, born March 4, 1734, married 
William Perkins, of Newmarket. 

3. Susannah, born April 18, 1738, married 
a Presby, of Newmarket. 

4. Hennery (as the Bible has it) was born 
May 8, 1740, lived in Newmarket and 
Tuftonborough, and was twice married. The 
first wife, a Shute, had no children. The 
second wife, a Herrick, had four children. 

5. Thomas, born September 11, 1742, 
married a Jewell, and died in the Revolu- 
tionary Army, 1777. 

5. Mary (or Nancy), born July 19, 1744, 
married Harvey Moore. 


7. Joseph was bom April 28, 1748, and 
lived in Concord. 

The order of these names differs somewhat 
from that given by Mr. Levi VViggin and the 
writer in the Dover Enquirer ; but the Bible 
record is unmistakable. 

Lieutenant Simon died August 11, 1757; 
and his wife on July 9, 1763. 

l/^ u^SS (i^'tS l^"5Ss (^^\ii GToxs i"^ 


|_Te was the eldest son of Lieutenant 
1 1 Simon, and was born September ii, 
1731, by Bible record (March 4, 1734, by 
other accounts), and married, July 22, 1756, 
Hannah Marble, of Bradford, Massachusetts, 
who died November 9, 181 1, aged seventy- 
five. He is described as a quiet man, of 
few words, but possessing much real dignity 
of character. 

He was active in town matters, and rep- 
resented Stratham in the Legislature, when 
its sessions were held in the adjoining 
county-town of Exeter. He headed the 
list of local Patriots who subscribed money 
to carry on the Revolution, and whose names 
appear in a document still preserved among 
the archives at the Statehouse in Concord. 
Esquire Simon died October 11, 1823, and 
was buried in the old graveyard adjacent to 
the Congregational (Trinitarian) Church. 
On his gravestone is this tribute : 


An affectionate Father 


a true friend to his country 

The Squire had nine children : 

1. Betsey (Bely, in the Bible) was born 
September lo, 1757, and died young. 

2. Simon, called sometimes Esquire or 
Captain, was born January 5, 1759. He 
was noted for his old-time manners and 
assumption of dignity. His name is written 
several times in the old Bible, once with the 
addition : 

Simon Wiggin his book., 
bought 'January 20, 1772. 

Possibly this refers to an auction-sale, after 
the death of some member of the family. 
Here is another boyish entry, for the old 
Squire would hardly have written thus : 

Simon Wiggin 

His Book 

God Give 

Him Grace 


To Look and 







Mrs. Rebecca Wiggin remembers him — 
when she first visited South Newmarket, the 
summer of her marriage, 1840 — as still living 
at the home of his brother David's wife ; and 
this must have been just before his death. 
Daniel G. Wiggin also remembers him well. 

This younger Simon married Joanna 
Thurston, of Exeter, born September 15, 
1765, by whom he had two children: a — 
William Henry, who married Mary Ann 
Shackford ; b — Sarah Jane, born in 1799, 
who was in her youth adopted by her 
mother's brother, then living on Beacon Hill, 
Boston, in a house which had to be removed 
after the Statehouse was built and the hill 
lowered. She is still living (1888) unmarried, 
in Wrentham, Massachusetts, full of years 
and piety, a staunch adherent of the Epis- 
copal Church. 

Julia Wiggin, an older daughter of this 
Simon, was born May 20, 1777, and lived 
always in Stratham, where she died some ten 
years ago, about a century old. The old 
Bible was long in her possession, but in the 
Centennial year, 1876, she transferred it to 
her cousin, Charles E. Wiggin. By virtue 
of a compact of her Aunt Clark with the 
Squire, — for her grandfather was always her 


high-minded guardian, — Julia was for many 
years ihe recipient of an income from ihe 
Clark sons. 

3. Anna, or Nancy, born April 15, 1760, 
married Noah Robinson, a native of the 
same town, born May 7, 1757. He was the 
son of Jonathan Robinson, and a possible 
descendant of Rev. John Robinson, tlie 
noted pastor of the Pilgrims in Holland, 
who was prevented from coming to Plymouth 
with those of his flock who landed on the 
famous Rock. In early life Noah worked 
as farmer and blacksmith with his father; 
but in 1776 he entered the Revolutionary 
Army, serving in Captain Winborn Adams's 
Company, in the Second New Hampshire 
Regiment, of which Enoch Poor (made a 
General the next year) was then Colonel. 
In the same company was Parker Morgan, 
whose son afterwards married Robinson's 
eldest granddaughter, Sarah Ann Roljinson. 
Morgan and Robinson soon became great 
friends, and in after years loved to talk over 
their early experiences. Noah was soon pro- 
moted to a captaincy, and discharged his 
duties with fidelity and vigor. Both he and 
Morgan were under Washington at Valley 
Forge, and endured a famine, broken, at 


the end of five days, by the arrival of a fev\' 
barrels of salt pork, which they hastened to 
devour raw. Sometimes they confiscated 
chickens from a neighboring farm. Once, 
when a chicken had been given Noah by 
Morgan, the Captain hid it in a hole under 
some camp-furniture in his tent ; and when 
the farmer came to demand justice, boldly 
ordered every tent to be searched, beginning 
with his own. Needless to say that not a 
feather was found. Subsequently Morgan 
went to sea in the privateer Buccaneer, or 
General Mifflin, still accompanied by Robin- 
son, as Commander of Marines. Just before 
his departure Captain Noah was united to 
Nancy Wiggin. After capturing thirteen 
British vessels, and undergoing a peculiarly 
interesting adventure in the Bay of Biscay, 
where their cruiser captured, with the aid of 
a sudden wind-squall, a British ship-of-war, 
— Robinson returned to New Hampshire, 
bringing a French mirror (still preserved in 
the Robinson family), a bridal dress (until 
lately preserved in die Swasey family), and 
other gifts. He found himself already the 
father of a babe, named Noah, after its absent 
father. So runs the tale, though the difficulty 
of reconciling dates and voyages throws 


some doubt upon it. At anyrate this child 
was born at his Grandfather VViggin's home- 
stead, in Stratham, and therefore we record 
more particulars about him hereafter. The 
next children were born in Epping; but 
having an enterprising disposition, Robinson 
soon removed his family farther north, to 
New Hampton, where he settled on a large 
farm, and built, on the brow of a high 
hill, a spacious homestead, still in the Rol)- 
inson family, and at present (1888) occupied 
by one of his many grandijons, Thaddeus 
Pulaski Robinson, son of Thomas S. , — a 
name retained through four generations. 
Captain Noah was pensioned in 1807, on 
account of a wound in the breast. He 
died on Saturday, February 10, 1827, aged 
seventy, and was buried on the following 
Wednesday, Rev. Mr. Farnsworth preaching 
a sermon from the text "Watch therefore!" 
Matthew xxv. 13. 

Some particulars about Captain Noah, 
not altogether accurate, may be found in 
Volume iii, 1880, of The Granite Monthly, 
published at Concord, in an article called 
New Hampton Men in the Revolution. 

Nancy Wiggin Robinson was a very bright 
woman, as an old diary, kept by her, abun- 

dantly testifies. Doubtless it was she who 
scribbletl thus in the family Bible in her 
early womanhood : 

Nancy IViggin is my name 
and tvith my hand I tiirite ihe same. 

She died August i8, 1804, and was buried 
the next day (a common entry in the family 
records), a sermon being preached by the 
Rev. Mr. Hibbard, on Job iii. 17. A 'arge 
concourse of people gathered, for Captain 
Noah — or Squire Noah, as he was often 
called — was greatly loved and respected, 
though his will was law, both in his family 
and the neighborhood, .and he was a man' 
born to command. 

The children of the union of Nancy Wiggin 
and Noah Robinson were as follows : 

a. Colonel Noah was born October 5, 
1782, and died in Biddeford, Maine, Febru- 
ary 15, 1856. He was at first largely en- 
gaged in general trade and manufactures, 
especially of potash and lumber, on the 
shores of Lake Winnipiseogee ; but this 
business being broken up by the stagnation 
following the War of 181 2, he later lived in 
various places, everywhere commanding 
respect by his refinement, dignity, honor, 

and mechanical skill. He had a fitting 
mate in Nancy Wadleigh, of Meredith, who 
died in Nashua, September 2, 1854, aged 

Colonel Noah's children were : 
FirsL Sarah Ann, born 1806, married 
Charles Morgan, of Meredith, born 1799, to 
whose Record Book wft are indebtctl for 
some important historic facts. She still lives 
in Saco, where her husbanil ilicd in 1SS2, 
There are two sons : Eustis Parker, born 
1828, was twice married, and resides in 
Saco, having one living child, Clara Augusta, 
born 1870. Charles Carroll, born July 25, 
1832, married October, 1858, his cousin, 
Marianna Robinson Gove (born October 
8, 1832). of Toledo, Ohio, who died in 
1873, leaving one daughter, Anne May, 
born in 1859. 

Sarah Ann and Charles Morgan had two 
daughters: Sarah Elizabeth, born 1830, 
married Hiram Mygatt Goodrich, of Nashua, 
in 1851, and has no living children; Helen 
Frances, born in 1S34, married, in 1S55, 
Dr. Henry Funsen Aten, and died in I)ed- 
ham, 1863, lea\'ing two living children, 
Marion Baldwin, born in 1858, and Helen 
Morgan, born in 1S63. 


Second. Mary Jane, born 1808, married 
Elisha J. Carpenter, of Methuen, Massachu- 
setts, who died in 1868. She died in 1874, 
leaving one surviving child, James Robinson, 
born 1 84 1, who married, 1873, Abby 
Charlotte Lockwood, of Boston, since 

Third. Enoch Poor, born 18 10, and 
named for his uncle, went to Prattville, 
Alabama, and married, in 1839, Ilardcnia 
Rogers, who died in 1S74. ^^^ ^^^''-'S in 
Texas, having three surviving sons, the 
eldest of whom, Thaddeus Pulaski, served 
courageously in the Rebel Army. 

Fotirth. Nancy Wiggin, born 181 2, mar- 
ried George W. Gove, of Kensington, New 
Hampshire. He died in Ohio, in 1873, 
and she died in 1855. One daughter was 
the wife of C. C. Morgan, above mentioned. 

Fifth. Caroline Augusta, born 1814, 
married in 1856, Rev. Horatio Quincy 
Butterfield, D.D., of the Orthodox Congre- 
gationalist Church, now President of Olivet 
College, Michigan. No children. 

Sixth. Hannah Elizabeth, born 1816, 
married, in 1868, her cousin, General John 
Wadleigh, of Meredith, and has no children. 
General Wadleigh died in 1S73. 


Sn'cnth. Martha, born in 1819, died in 

Eighth. Alphonso Jerome, born in 1S21, 
studied at Dartmouth College, taught, and 
finally became a successful Boston lawyer. 
He has always been noted for his interest in 
genealogy, and is now living, unmarried and 
retired, with his widowed/ sister, Mrs. Wad- 
leigh, in Middlesex, Massachusetts. 

Ninth. Julia Maria, born 1823, married; 
in 1S52, William Alvin Miles, of Alabama, 
deceased, by whom she has one surviving 

Tentli. Thaddeus Pulaski, born 1825, 
after a varied life in California and elsewhere, 
studied medicine, married (in i860) Fanny 
Smith, of Chelmsford, Massachusetts, and 
finally settled in Newton Centre, where he 
died, in 1874, greatly beloved, and leaving 
one chikl, Mary, born in 1868. 

At one time Colonel Noah directed the 
State muster of militia, on the broad fields 
near his father's great farmhouse at New 
Hamilton ; and doubtless the officers assem- 
bled convivially in the curious ayjartment in 
the second story, which is convertible into 
chambers for every-day use, by lowering 
the panelled wooden partitions, made to 


swing upward against the ceiling, where 
they arc held in place by stout iron hooks, 
when the hall is needed for social purposes. 

Leaving Colonel Noah's line, however, 
we must return to his brothers and sisters, 
the immediate family of Captain, or Esquire 
Noah, who, it may be hercv mentioned, is 
said to have been the seventh son of the 
seventh son. 

b. Nancy VViggin Robinson, born in 
Epping, October 4 or 5, 1784, died June 

3, 1792. 

c. Enoch Poor was born in Epping, 
December 6, 1786, and died in Meredith, 
September 3 or 5, 1807, unmarried. As 
General Poor was at the defeat of Burgoyne, 
where Robinson fought as Captain, and had 
been his Colonel when Robinson first en- 
listed, it is easy to see that military attach- 
ment led Captain Noah to thus christen the 
next son born after the eldest, who perpet- 
uated his father's name. 

a. Sally Wiggin was born at Epping, 
August 16, 1788, married John Swasey, 
of Meredith, and died in Claremont, October 
II, 1852, leaving no sons, and only two 
grandchildren: George M. Colvocoresses 


and Henry Swasey (the latter still living) 
through the marriage of her daughter Anne 
with Ca])tain Aklen Partridge, the renowned 
military instructor, of Norwich, Vermont, 
who died in 1854. Of the other five daugh- 
ters: Lydia and Frances died unmarried, 
the latter in 1873. Charlotte married Gen- 
eral Fhelps, of Colebrook, Connect- 

icut. Adaline married Captain Colvoco- 
resses, of the United States Navy, a 
refugee, in his childhood, from the Turkish 
massacres in Greece at the time of the rev- 
olution there. He died by assassination, at 
Bridgeport, Connecticut, in the year 1S72. 
Sarah Jane still lives at the cottage home 
in Claremont. 

e. IMarquis De Lafayette, (commonly 
called Mark) was born at New Hampton, 
March 30 or 31, 1790, and died February 
12, 1863, leaving descendants, by marriage 
with Susan Hull, of Meredith. 

The following interesting facts are com- 
municated by C. C. Morgan, Esq: 

The paU-iotic source of this name is not far to 
seek. Tradition says that Lafayette came from 
France — perhaps on liis last military visit to 
.America — about the time of Captain Robinson's 
return from privateering; and in the bestowal of the 
name the family evidently believed Marquis to be a 
part of the hero's name, and not merely liis title. 


Mar(juis Robinson was noted for his immense 
stvengih. Wilh no sijccial training he could lift, a 
ton. In assisting his brother Noah in making 
potash he would lift a cask weighing five-hundred 
pounds, as readily as an ordinary workman would 
lift a cask of nails. He could hold a cask of cider 
and drink from the bunghole. When an oaken sill 
was wrongly laid, in raising his father's long, new 
barn, and a doien men and two horses were 
assembled to turn the timber about, Mark told them 
to stand aside and he would do the job. He accord- 
ingly lifted the heavy timber upon/ his knees, and 
deliberately turned his body about till the sill was 
reversed and could be laid in its proper place. His 
love of freedom led him to resist the iirst New 
Hani])shire law against liquor-selling without a 
license, and though not previously engaged in that 
traffic, he at once announced that liquors could be 
bought of him. Fifteen indictments were found 
against him; but there was talk about the necessity 
of calling out a regiment to arrest this Samson. A 
friend however declared that Robinson was a law- 
abiding citizen, who would give himself up peace- 
ably; and so it proved. As a result, though he 
pleaded liis own case, with the aid of John P. Hale, 
he was convicted, and his estate irretrievably damaged 
thereby. 1 lis father's sword, which had belonged to 
the elder brother Noah, — who had received it when 
commissioned Colonel of the Twenty-ninth New 
Hampshire l\egiment, and sent it to lioston to have 
a new hilt made of thirty milled dollars, — came into 
Mark's possession, and slid remains in I'^ayettc's 
family. Ammig Mark's i liildrcii were: Daiiuii, 
whose S'jn Ocorge M. hoMs an iinpuiluiit pir.ilinii 
on the L!o.iton police force; I'ayelU:, a pru^iji;! i^us 
provisiuF.-dealer in Manchester, whose children and 
grandchildren still reside in that neighborhood; 
Rufus K., a Boston grocer, still living in that city, 
where his sou also resides. 


/. Simon Wiggin was born at New 
Hampton, February 19, 1792, and became 
a grocer in Boston. He married, October 
6, 1816, Hannah Taylor Danforth (October 
9) 1797— October 8, 1843) of Billerica, a 
descendant , of Thomas Danforth, so long 
Deputy and Assistant with Governor Simon 
Bradstreet, Robinson's ancestor, and called 
(by Dr. Lucius R. Paige, the historian of 
that town) the strongest man who ever lived 
in Cambridge. S. AV, Robinson married 
again, April 4, 1847, Mrs. Elizabeth Green- 
ough Litde {jnce Stone), widow of Samuel 
Little, of Bucksport, Maine, and retired to 
Lexington, where he died October 16, 1868, 
his widow dying there also, August 17, 1SS3. 
His estate, adjoining the ancient grave- 
yard, where rest the ashes of the Revolu- 
tionary Patriots, now belongs to his oldest 
grandson, James Henry Wiggin. Though 
born in Concord, Massachusetts, March 27, 
1795, his second wife was reared in Billerica. 

Mr. C. C. Morgan says further: 

A few facts show how closely connected were the 
names of Wigyia and Roljinson from the earliest 
times. In lyoi), w.ien it was projjosed to set off 
that part of Exeler kiunvn by the name of Winuicut, 
and incorporate it as tlie town of Stratham, Wiggins 
were among the fifty-one who signed tlie petition; 


while Jonathan and David Robinson were among 
the nineteen who presented a counter jietition, on 
the ground that some who wished to be at charges 
for the new town "would probably become town 
charges," However, the separation was affected 
in 171b, and David Robinson was elected the first 
townclcrk. One of these Robinsons was probably 
the grandfather of the Captain who married Nancy 

Inasmtich as S. W. Robinsi^n bore both 
our family names, Simon and Wiggin, lie is 
more iuUy spoken of here. He did not 
come to Boston till he had already reached 
inanhoo.d, and soon after entered into the 
grocery business with Mr. Cumings, in a 
store on Hanover Street, opposite Charter, 
and lived in a wooden house next-door, at 
the corner of Salutation Street. In 1836, 
after the death of his partner, Mr. Robinson 
removed his store into the wooden building, 
no longer standing, at the lower end of 
Prince Street, opposite the old Charlestown 
Bridge, at the corner of the newly (.:on- 
structed Causeway Street ; the family having 
moved into a brick house which he purchased 
on Sheafe Street, now numbered nineteen. 
Gradually he withdrew from the business, 
which passed into the hands of his friend 
and associate, George B. Swasey. He was 
a member of the City Government and of 

the School Committee, and was sent to the 
Legishiture both from Boston and Lexington. 

In rehgion he was a devout Liberal, and 
was connected with the Second Church 
(Unitarian), then located on Hanover Street, 
during the ministry of Henry AVare, Jr., 
Ralph Waldo Emerson, and Chandler Rob- 
bins. When the old brick church was 
replaced by a gothic edifice of freestone, 
1844-1845, both himself and his son-in- 
law, J. S. Wiggin, were on the Building 
Committee. Mr. Robinson was also Parish 
Treasurer, and pondered with great sorrow 
the d(,'clining interests of the society. 

After his location in Boston he became 
strongly interested in Free Masonry, his 
diploma from Mount Lebanon Lodge bearing 
the date of February 14, 1820, when he was 
under thirty years of age. The next year 
he was exalted to tlie Royal Arch Degree, 
in Saint Paul Chapter; and in 1S25 or 1S26 
was atlmitted to the Orders of Knighthood, 
in Boston Encampment. From 18.57 to 1839 
he was High Priest of the Grand Chapter, 
being publicly installed in tlie old Temple. 
He was also Commander of the Grand 
Encampment of Massachusetts and Rhode 


This interest never flagged while life 
lasted. Though buried without Masonic 
recognition, he was then the Senior Past 
Grand IMaster of Masons in Massachusetts, 
having filled that otfice from 1840 to 1847. 
He received all sorts of fraternity honors, 
rising to the second office in the Supreme 
Council of the Thirty-third Degtee, then 
consisting of only nine members, to whose 
fellowship he was admitted in 185 1, having 
received the Scottish rites five years before. 

After serving from 1861 to 1865 ^s Lieu- 
tenant Grand Commander, under Com- 
mander Raymond, he was elected Most 
Puissant Sovereign Grand Commander of 
the Supreme Council of the Ancient anil 
Accepted Scottish Rite, for the Northern 
Masonic Jurisdiction of the United States, 
an office from which he retired in 1867, the 
year before his death. 

During the Anti-Masonic excitement he 
remained firm in his allegiance, and when 
the old Temple was built, at the corner of 
Temple Place and Trcmont Street, he held 
the ofificial purse, and left on record his joy 
at the completion of this important struc- 
ture. He received honorary membership 
from Mount Lebanon Lodge, March 12, 

t849 ; fi'om De Molay Encampment, October 
37, 1858; and in 1868 from the Grand 
Orient of Brazil, — notification of the last 
fionor being sent by the hand of Brother 
Goodall, who was nnable to deliver it before 
Mr. Robinson's death. 

In the troubles which followed the erection 
of a new Temple, corner of Boylston and 
Tremont Streets, in connecti6n with the 
Scottish Rite, Mr. Robinson sided very 
strongly with the now extinct Nassau Hall 
party ; but he lived to see the healing of this 
breach, and would today rejoice in the 
restoration of the Charity Fund, by the 
aid of his old friend, William Parkman. A 
fine portrait of Mr. Robinson hangs in the 
honorable northeast corner of the great 
Boston lodgeroom, while a family photograph 
represents him in the regalia of the highest 
degree ; and the lodge in the town of 
Lexington bears his venerated name. His 
signature appears in various Masonic books 
which sought his approval, and in the in- 
terests of the Order he undertook long 

Some of these dates are kindly furnished 
by the writer of the following letter, William 
Parkman, hmiself an old Mason of national 


reputation, who sat with Brother Robinson 
in many bodies : 

Of my own knowledge I could till a small book 
with biographical incidents, to show his marked 
fidelity of character as a man and a Mason. He 
was a conscientious and sincere Mason, — not a 
profound esoteric scholar, but a man who thor- 
oughly appreciated and loved the institution, and 
who, next his church, believed what Masonry 
teaches. He was a thoroughly honest man and 
without guile. Modest in his nature^ genial in his 
habits, he was favored with strong friendships, 
which have been severed only by tleath and the 
lapse of time. I knew him thoroughly; and in all 
my experience I have never found a truer Nature's 
Noblemen. I could write pages of reminiscences 
which would redound to his credit. 

On December 30, 1868, a Lodge oi 
Sorrow, in Robinson's honor, was held in 
the asylum of the Cosmopolitan Sovereign 
Consistory, New York, the funeral cere- 
monies being conducted by the Lodge of 
Perfection, A eulogy (containing sundry 
statistical errors) was delivered by Albert 
G. Goodall, and for sixty days the altars 
and tools of the Order were draped with 
the violet badge of naouming. These 
proceedings were published, and contain a 
letter from R. M. C. Graham, 33°, charac- 
terizing Robinson as the Venerable Patri- 
arch of the Order. The writer adds : 


As the recognized head of the Ancient and 
Accepted Scottish Rite in this Jurisdiction, the 
self-sacrificing spirit evinced by him, in effecting 
the Union of Councils long estranged, renders his 
name doubly dear to the Fraternity; and the re- 
nieinl)rance of this act alone will serve as a shining 
light in all time to come. 

Though the most persevering of men, he 
was also exceedingly versatile. Not only 
did he so early acciuire a modest fortune 
that he could retire frotn ac^ve business at 
fifty, but his intellectual abilities were 
remarkable in a man of his limited educa- 
tion. His handwriting is as clear as print, 
yet round and easy, and his spelling was 
singularly accurate. He was moreover very 
skilful with his hands, — shingling his own 
house, building ashed, cultivating his farm; 
while for recreation he would play the flute 
or win a game of checkers. He could serve 
■as Superintendent of the Sunday-school, 
make a straightforward speech, and write a 
good clenr letter to the papers, when political 
excitement led him so to do. 

In politics he was at first a Whig, but was 
opposed on i>riiicip)le to the Antislavt-ry 
movenicnt, and to tlie war which followed ; 
yet he had served as private and adjutant 
at Portsmouth, in the War of 1812, and 
his widow obtained a pension after his 


death, though he never received the com- 
mission to which his duties entitled him. 

Benevolence led him, in old age, to join 
his wife in knitting socks lor his grand- 
children and the poor ; and for the wife of one 
grandson he knitted a sontag, or woollen 
bodice, after her marriage. 

S. VV. Robinson's four children were: 

First. Sarah Elizabeth, August 6, 1817 — 
January 21, 1877, of whose clTildren there 
is a further record in connection with the 
name of her husband, James S. Wiggin. 

Secofid. John Brooks, born May 30, 
1819 who, after a mercantile life, in Boston 
(Fisher & Co.) and New York, lives retired 
at Littleton Common, Massachusetts. He 
married, November 24, 1841, Sarah R., the 
daughter of Major Osgood ; but only one 
child, out of three, is living: Francis Fisher, 
born February 9, 1845., who also has one 
child, John Brooks Robinson, by marriage 
with Nelly Hall. 

Third. Henry Bridge, born October 3, 
182 1, died March 27, 1825. 

Fourth. Hannah Amanda was born on 
December 22, 1823, died February 7, 1856. 
She first married, October 27, 1841, Charles 
Herbert Neally, of Meredith, New Hamp- 


shire, a Boston merchant, who died Decem- 
ber 24, 1844, aged twenty-nine, leaving 
one child, Amanda Robinson, born August 
24, 1843, now, by marriage in 1S63, 
Mrs. Charles Augustus Clapp, of New York 
City (E. P. Dutton & Co.). She has 
one daughter, Emma Louise, born Septem- 
ber 13, 1864, — the wife of Joseph Smith, 
a New York broker, — whq, also has one 
child, born in 1884. Mrs. Amanda Neally 
subseciuenUy (in October 1847) married 
VVillard VV, Codman, a noted Boston dentist, 
by whom she had one child, Edward Brooks, 
born February 10, 1851, now probably de- 
ceased in India. Dr. Codman died in 
1877, leaving his third wife — Ellen Train, 
married in 1857 — a widow. 

Returning once more to the list of Squire 
Noah Robinson's children: 

g. P'inley Williams, born February 18, 
1794, married Priscilla Pratt Marston, of 
Meredith, and died leaving many descend- 
ants. Among his children: Thomas W., 
Charles, ex-Alderman Josiah Shepard, John 
H., and George I. were all Boston mer- 
chants ; Rosamond Marston married William 
Butterfield, deceased, of The Concord 


Patriot. Isaiah Marston is on the Boston 

//. Thomas Simpson, born December 12,. 
1796, married Nancy Marston, a sister oi 
Finley's wife, so that their children are 
double cousins. Here we have another 
peep at the Revolutionary sympathies of 
Captain Noah, as the man for whom this 
boy was named was the one other citizen 
of New Hampton who had served promi- 
nently in the Patriotic Army. Among 
Thomas's children are Thaddeus P., who 
lives on the old homestead, and Noah, a 
trader in Lynn and Boston. 

/. In the foreign names of Thaddeus 
Pulaski, born May 14, 1799, we find 
another patriotic indication. The second 
name came from the e.xiled Pole, who died 
in our Revolutionary War ; but as the 
Count's prefix was Casirair, the question 
arises, Whence the other name, Thaddeus? 
It has even been surmised that the mother, 
or some other relative of a romantic turn, 
borrowed it from the popular old novel, 
Thaddeus of Warsaw. Unfortunately for 
this theory, Jane Porter's story did not 
appear till four years after this first (but 
not last) T. P. Robinson was born ; and 


the name was probably bestowed in honor 
of another Polish nobleman, who faith- 
fully served the Colonial cause, Thad- 
deus Kosciuszko. The boy became a 
lawyer, and went to Wheeling, Virginia, 
when he married Mary Zane, — a descend- 
ant of the family which once owned the 
whole territory thereabouts. He died of 
cholera, May 23, 1833, leaving one child, 
Claudine. His widow subsequently married 
a McLean, by whom she had other chil- 
dren, and is still living, Claudine married 
Bolivar Ward, by whom she lias had five 
sons: Woodville P., deceased in early man- 
hood ; William Henry, a trusted conductor 
on the Old Colony Railroad ; James B. ; 
Charles Settle, printer; Hill; and a 
daughter, Marion. 

The mother of these nine children died 
August 18, 1804, "at forty-five minutes 
past nine," as we read in the old Robin- 
son Bible. Her husband subsequently 
married Mrs. Elizabeth Brown, of Ports- 
mouth, by whom he had four chiklren. 
Though they do not belong to the VViggin 
line, it may be proper to add that these 
Robinson children were: a. Nancy Eliza- 
beth, June 8, 1806 — January 20, 1827; 


b. George (Jerry Osborne) Washington, 
born February 23,1808, a Boston merchant, 
living for the past forty-five years at Lexing- 
ton ; c. Mercy Chase, born August 9, iSio, 
the wife, first, of Dr. Isaiah Straw, and, 
second, of his brother, Thomas Salter Straw ; 
d. John Rogers, of California, born July 23, 
1814. These children all have descendants, 
except Nancy. 

Their mother died April I7,*i824; and 
Noah Robinson married a third wife, Widow 
Rosamond Taylor, of Sanbornton, whom 
he left a widow, February 10, 1827, dying 
in his seventy-first year. 

Esquire Noah had done his country some 
service on the fields of Saratoga, Princeton, 
Trenton, Monmouth, and Brandywine, and 
was buried in the small graveyard near his 
home. Several years after his burial his 
grave was for some reason reopened. The 
weight of the coffin excited so much sur- 
prise that the lid was removed, when the 
body — with the exception of the feet, which 
had decayed — was found to be petrified, 
while the head, perhaps by some accident 
in the examination, was broken off. 

Returning now to the children of Esquire 
Simon Wiggin : 


4- Sarah, born June 5, 1762, married 
Daniel Hilton, of Newmarket, and was the 
mother of Nancy and Charlotte, — the latter 
the wife of Dr. Odell, of Stratham. 

5. Hannah, born September 24, 1764, 
married John Smith, of Exeter. 

6. Betty (the second), born September 4, 
1766, married Benjamin Clark, and became 
the mother of Daniel Clark, of Manchester, 
N. II., — formerly United States Senator, 
and at present Judge in the United States 
District Court, — and of David Clark, of 
Lawrence, Massachusetts, afterwards post- 
master in Manchester. 

7. Of David, whose name is scribbled 
all over the family Bible, more hereafter. 

8. Jane, born May 20, 1771, married 
Bradbury Robinson, of Greenland, N. H.. 
and Corinth, IMaine, a relative of her sister 
Nancy's husband, Noah. Her name is no 
longer legible in the old Bible. 

Among the Robinsons of Stratham was a 
large family of boys, among whom three 
bore the Scripture names, of fiery furnace 
fame, Shadrach, Meshach, Abednego, the 
first of whom acquired wealth as a success- 
ful Boston merchant. 



E was the second son and seventh child 


11 of Esquire Simon, was born June 17, 
1769, and lived in South Newmarket, near 
the Stratham bridge. He married Mehitable 
Pike, daughter of Captain Robert Pike. 
Their children were Henry Pike, Deborah 
Barker, Simon Pike (afterwards called James 
Simon), Ann Martin, Charles Edward, Jere- 
miah Tilton, and Robert Pike. David was 
a man of amiable and sociable disposition, 
and died in 1849, ^^ South Newmarket, in 
the house of his daughter, Deborah Smith. 

I. Henry Pike, of Exeter, married Char- 
lotte McCoy, also of Exeter, and died leaving 
one child, Daniel Oilman, born in 1828, 
who married Sarah Clark of Newmarket. 
They have one child, Emma, born in 
Melrose, and married, July 16, 188 1, 
to Nathaniel C. Howe, of Haverhill, 


II. Deborah, a woman of very marked 
character and strong religious instincts, born 
July 15, 1805, married Daniel Rundletl 
Smith, generally called Squire Daniel, and 
lived on their iarm, midway between South 
Newmarket Village and Epping Corner, 
till her death, September 13, 1882. 

Two sons were born of this marriage. 
Daniel Edwin Smith, a man of sterling 
integrity, was born May 26, 18216, and died 
December 27, 1883, passing his life on the 
paternal farm. In June, 1858, he married 
Harriet D. Sanborn, by whom he had three 
children: Hattie Lincoln, born November 
6, i860; Flora Edwin, born in January, 
1864, ^i^^ married to Edward Hersey ; 
Charlie, born March 28, 1865, t^yi"§ '" 
August of the same year. 

December 22, 1S67, D. E. Smith married 
his second wife, Susan Emma Harriman, by 
whom he had three children : Herbert Wig- 
gin, named for his deceased second-cousin, 
and born March 3, 1870; William Howe, 
born February 28, 1872, died May 5, 1881 ; 
Daniel Rundlett, born April 3, 1875. 

Deborah B. (Wiggin) Smith's other son, 
Charles Edward (named for his uncle, C. E. 
Wiggin), born January 5, 1831, married 


Ann Augusta Burley, of South Newmarket, 
December 7, 1865, but they have no living 
children. C. E. Smith now owns and 
occupies the place in South Newmarket, 
formerly called the Elm House, which 
belonged to his grandmother, Mehitable 
Wiggin ; but he once resided in Dover, 
joined the Sons of Pythias there, and repre- 
sented that district in the State Senate. 

III. James Simon (or Simon Pike), born, 
January 22, 1808, went at an early age to 
Newburyport, and then to Boston, where he 
was associated with the firm of Wiggin & 
Copeland, and later with the firm of Rob- 
inson (George W.), Wiggin & Co. (Bradley 
N. Comings). Besides his shipi)ing affairs, 
as stated on page 6, he was interested in the 
Suffolk County Flour Mill, on its establish- 
ment in Boston, in the manufactuie of lanl- 
oil, and in the Lowell Felling Mills. 

J. S. Wiggin married, August ix, 1835, 
his second-cousin, Sarah Elizabeth Robin- 
son (August 6, 1817 — January 21, 1877), 
eldest child and daughter of Simon Wiggin 
Robinson, whose mother, Nancy (or Anna) 
Wiggin, of Stratham, — a sister of David 
Wiggin (VI.), — married Noah Robinson, 


who, after serving in the Revolution, by 
land and sea, removed, as a pioneer, from 
Epping, New Hampshire, to New Hamp- 
ton in the same State. A more extended 
accovmt of Captain Noah is given in the 
list of Escjuire Simon's children, page 108 ff. 
Mr. Wiggin's places of business were on 
India Street and Lewis Wharf. For a year 
after his marriage he and Sarah boarded 
with Father Robinson, on the north side of 
Sheafe Street, and then set up housekeeping 
on Foster Street, in the lower of two brick 
houses, still standing on the west side, and 
built by Colonel Samuel Aspinwall. About 
the year 1842 they removed to No. 22 Sheafe 
Street, the brick house on the easterly side 
of the Martin Bates estate, where the 
Ingraham School was soon after built. In 
1847 they removed to No. i Franklin 
Square (now James Street), corner of 
Brookline Street, while the South End was 
in an unfinished condition, with neither 
Cochituate water, gas, nor good sidewalks. 
There they continued to reside — spending 
part of their summers on their country 
place, Buffalo Head (known also as the 
Rowley Place), Wrentham — till losses of 
business and fortune led to Mr. Wiggin's 


retirement, about 1870, to Lexington, wiiere 
his wife died with cancerous consumption 
in 1877. 

During his career he was greatly inter- 
ested in politics, serving several terms in 
the House of Representatives, — where he 
was prominent in opposition to the Prohibi- 
tory Law. As far back as 1840 he was a 
bannerman in the Harrison campaign, but 
at the time of Buchanan's election, 1856, 
before the outbreak of the Civil War, he 
left the disintegrating Whig ranks and 
joined the Democratic forces. A few years 
before his wife's death he returned to his 
native place, where he died, October 31, 
1 88 1, in the home of his sister Ann, leaving 
one child, James Henry, born May 14, 
1836, the younger children, John Robin- 
son, (July 2, 1839 — September 4, 1841), 
Charles Herbert (September 20, 1S42, — 
May 14, 1861), Caroline Leonard (Novem- 
ber I, 1844 — June 14, 1849, having died 

J. H. Wiggin, the compiler of this memo- 
rial, was educated in the Eliot and Dwight 
Schools, Boston ; Partridge's Military Acad- 
emy, Norwich, Vermont; Pembroke Gym- 


nasium, New Hampshire; Park Latin 
School, Boston, under David B. Tower; 
Tufts College; graduating at Meadvillc, 
Pennsylvania, Theological School, in June, 
1 86 1. In 1850 he went on a year's voyage 
to Malacca Straits and Java, in the Barque 
Edwin, with Captain George Meacon, ot 
Beverly; and in 1863-1864, with his 
mother, he made the tour of Continental 
Europe, going as far as^F^gypt, Turkey, 
Greece, and Hungary. 

In 1862 he was ordained to the Unita- 
rian ministry, in Springfield, while supplyhig 
the Montague (Massachusetts) parish. 
After preaching awhile in Lawrence, 1864, 
and in Marblehead, 1865, he was settled, 
1867-1873, over the First Parish in Med- 
field, where his boys were born, and subse- 
quently in Marlboro, over the West Church. 
During these years he was active in secta- 
rian work, as Secretary of the Norfolk Con- 
ference and the Norfolk Sunday-school 
Society. For ten years he was a Director 
of the "Unitarian Sunday-school Society, 
and in the summer of 1875 ^e temporarily 
edited The Liberal Christian, the denomina- 
tional organ then published in New York. 
In 1876, having relinciuished parochial 


duty, he removed to South Boston, but con- 
tinued to supply the pulpits of East Marsh- 
field, Tiverton (Rhode Island), Chelsea, 
(two years), Revere (one year) till 1880, 
when, believing that his Radical opinions 
did not justify a longer continuance in his 
chosen work, he bought his present resi- 
dence, at No. 27 Hammond street, on the 
old dividing line between Boston and Rox- 
bury, and devoted himself t^ musical and 
dramatic criticism, index-making, editing, 
proof-reading, and other literary pursuits, 
working from 1881 to 1883, at the Univer- 
sity Press, Cambridge, the head of that 
institution being his intimate friend, John 
Wilson, Jr. 

James Henry married, November 21, 
1864, Laura Emma Newman, of Brattleboro, 
Vermont, born January 12, 1844, fourth 
daughter of George and Lydia (Lee) 
Newman ; and they have three children : 
Carrie Newman, born October 29, 1865, 
and married, November 21, 1888, to Walter 
Leonard Keith, of Cleveland, Ohio ; Albert 
Henry, born February 21, 1868, now in 
the Uaiik of the Coiuiiioiiwciillh ; Laiigicy 
Wilson, born Decemljer 23, 1872. 


IV. Ann Martin (David's daughter) 
was born in 1810, and lived all her life in 
the old tavern at South Newmarket, where 
she died in May, 1884, and was buried from 
the Universalist Church. She was a woman 
of strong disposition, great shrewdness, 
and wide benevolence. 

V. Of Charles Edward, the chief subject 
of this memoir, more hereafter, page 141. 

VI. Jeremiah Tilton (see pa|;e 6) was 
born March 20, 1816, and died unmarried, 
of consumption, in Valetta, the seaport of 
Malta, whither he went to regain his health, 
January 4, 1844. His body was brought 
home for burial in his brother James's lot, 
on Fir Avenue, Mount Auburn, in the 
following May. Jerry was an amiable man 
and greatly beloved. He went in the 
Uncas, Captain Wilson, in the autumn of 
1843. The ship was detained in Boston a 
day after she was expected to sail. That 
night Jerry slept at the house of his friend, 
C. H. Neally, on North Bennet Street, 
near Wiggin Street, (then called Short 
Street), and the old Eliot School. He 
devoted part of the evening to writing a 
farewell letter to his mother, — a letter full 


of affection toward her and gratitude to his 
friends, who had provided him with every 
delicacy then to be procured for an ocean 
voyage. The compiler, (then seven years 
old) remembers his own contribution to the 
wonderful box of this dear uncle, — a toy 
nutmeg-grater. Much good was expected 
to come to Jerry from the voyage ; but he 
only lived a few days after his arrival, and a 
strange hand wrote to his brother James a 
full account of his death. Ovfir his grave 
is the motto : 

ARE THE lord's. 

VH, Robert Pike (see page 6) was born 
about 1818, and died unmarried, in Bed- 
ford, Massachusetts, April i, 1863. ^^ was 
a man of acute business ability, but of 
peculiarly sensitive disposition, — a trait 
increased by the loss of one eye in early 
life, which necessitated his wearing a 
green shade. His long letters to his mother, 
still preserved, are full of affection and right 

The mother of these seven children, 
Mehitable (Pike) Wiggin, was born April 
20, 1784; and died September 25, 1861, 


aged seventy-seven, in the house where 
she had lived forty years, and had worked 
hard to rear her large family. 

Among the old papers left by their Sister 
Ann was recently found the following letter, 
written fifty years ago, perhaps by Charles's 
hand, — when he was twenty-five, James 
was thirty, and Robert twenty years old: 

Boston, Dec. 30, 1838. 

Dear and Affectionate Motukk: Enclosed 
you will please find fifty (50) dollars; and by the 
merchandise cars, to leave here on Monday next, 
we shall send you a barrel of nice flour, and a few 
other little matters. 

This letter will probably reach you on the first 
day of the coming year, and we respectively and 
unitedly wish you, our Mother, a very Happy New 
Year, and hope that you will accept the above (con- 
tributed by us equally^ as a trifling token of our 
continued love and affection. 

We hope, dear Mother, that you will be spared 
to see many very Happy New Years in this world, 
and that each succeeding one will find you happier 
than the previous; and finally when you are sum- 
moned from this, to that world where years shall 
come and go no more, that you may enjoy such 
happiness as this world can never afford us. 

We remain your affectionate sons, 
James Simon Wiggin, 

To our Mother, CHARLES E. WlGGlN, 

from her three sons RoB ERT P . W 1 GG I N . 

in Boston. 

P. S. We are all well. Robert said you had 
another pair of gloves for me. If so I shall give 
them to James. They are real warm and good. 



THIS gentleman, whose death has occa- 
sioned this volume, was born November 
29, 1813. May 9, 1840, he married Rebecca 
Crocker Hadaway, of the North End of 
Boston, and died March 12, 1888. Their 
children were : 

1. Mary Rebecca, who died in 1845. 

2. Jeremiah Tilton, who also died young, 
in 1846. 

V 3. Charles Edward, Jr., born March 18, 
1848, married Lizzie Frank Meserve, of 
Roxbury, January 14, 1875, by whom he has 
two children: Arthur Meserve, born No- 
vember 13, 1875; and Mary Locke, born 
July 29, 1880, 

4. Mary Locke, born September 21, 
1850, married Joseph Dillaway Sawyer, 
June 10, 1872, and died in West Newton, 
October 16, 1879, leaving three children: 
Ethel, bom July 30, 1873; Joseph, born 
June 18, 1875; Harold Stewart, born in 
1878, died in 1882. 


5- Arthur Crocker, born October 23, 
1853, married Sarah Elizabeth Chadwick, 
June 17, 1885; by whom he has one son, 
Charles Beal, born September 12, 1886. 

Farther comment on Chas. E. Wiggin's 
busy life would be superfluous here ; but it 
should be added that a few years before his 
death he associated his two sons with him 
in the business which they still continue. 
Both these gentlemen are members of Zet- 
land (Masonic) Lodge, Boston, and reside 
at Wood ville Square, Roxbury, — Arthur at 
his mother's. Number 9, and Charles in his 
own house a few doors away, Number 19. 
Both are interested in politics, being active 
members of the Republican Party, and both 
have held commissions as Justices of the 
Peace. Charles was educated in the Eliot 
and Latin Schools, and has been worthily 
elected his father's successor as trustee of 
the North End Savings Bank. Arthur was 
educated at the Eliot School and at Chauncy 
Hall. Few men of their age are more 
worthy of the esteem in which they are 
universally held. 

A few extracts from sundry yellow letters 
are so many loopholes, through which we 

)■.; vv 



obtain glimpses of the sentimental side of 
Charles Wiggin's nature. 

As a life-long Whig and Republican he 
would have rejoiced, in 1888, over the 
election of Harrison to the presidency, as 
he rejoiced over the triumph of Harrison's 
grandfather, forty-eight years ago. Writing 
a letter of condolence to his Sister Deborah's 
husband, over the death of an aged member 
of the Smith family, in the spring of 1840, 
the young but already ardent politician sings 
the praises of General William Henry 
Harrison, and the hopeful national outlook, 
if the hero of Log Cabins and Hard Cider 
should be elevated to the White House. 

On Wednesday Evening, October 28, 
1846, Charles writes to his mother: 

We are all glad to hear, through Mr. Speed, that 
you reached home in safety. 

Our little Jerry is not so well as when you left. 
His other lung is no doubt affected, and he suffers 
more in his breathing. Dear little boy! We have 
still hopes that God will be pleased to spare him. 
Still, as God is all-wise, and knows what is best 
for our good, we feel to bow before Him, and say, 
" Thy will be done." 

James's family are all well. Little Herbert [his 
brother's youngest boy, three years old] is doing 

A fortnight later, November 11, he writes: 

By Robert you have heard of the death of dear 
little Jerry. He now sleeps quietly by the side of 


his dear little sister, and his uncle and namesake. 
We have his likeness, taken after he died. It is 
very good. Me was the sweetest little creature, 
after being laid out, that you ever saw. All that 
sad, painful look, that he had while living, left him, 
and he looked just as if he were only asleep. 

At this time the younger children, 
Charles, Mary, and Arthur, were not born ; 
and so he adds : 

You know what it is to lose one child [his brother 
Jerry] but you do not know what it is to lose rJl. 
We have none now. 

December 12, i860, he writes to his 

brother : 

It gives me much pleasure to say that Mother 
Hadaway [always an honored inmate of the house- 
hold, after her daughter's marriage] is getting on 
finely, — comes down to breakfast, sits up all day, 
and seems in quite good health, for her. Poor 
William [her son] is, we fear, near his end, — 
does not leave his bed often, if at all, and now 
takes as food only a little jelly, and is very weak 
indeed. Poor fellow, with a good big heart! he 
will soon pass away. 

For some reason this letter was not sent 

at once ; and he adds, on the same sheet, 

January 2, 1861 : 

Poor William has gone, was buried a week ago at 
Woodlawn, in Chelsea. He went suddenly at last. 

May 15, 1 86 1, he writes about his 
nephew, then aged eighteen, who, for nearly 
all his life, was an invalid, suffering from 
scrofula, rupture, and spinal deformity: 


You will be surprised to know that poor little 
Charles Herbert lies beyond all his sufferings. He 
is no more in this world. Poor little dear! lie 
suffered dreadfully! Most all the time [for several 
weeks] he has been obliged to be upon his knees, 
— until last night, when he gently passed away to 
another and better world. 

Henry was down this a.m. to tell us of it. James 
wants you to come down to attend the funeral, 
which will be at three o'clock, on Friday next. 

In his burial address, page 2S, Pastor Gifford 
alludes to a hymn sung by Mr. Wiggin in his last 
days. About the merits of these verses he often 
argued with friends who did not find them accurate 
or poetic; but Dr. Baldwin's lines were dear to the 
singer's heart, and so have their place here: 


From whence doth this unioa arise\ 
That hatred is conquered by love? 

It fastens our souls in such ties, 
As distance and lime can 'l remove. 

It can not in Eden be found, 

Nor yet in a Paradise lost ', 
It grows on Immanucl's ground, 

And Jesus' dear blood it drd cost. 

My brethren are dear unto me, 

Our hearts all united in love ; 
Where Jesus has gone we shall be. 

In yonder blest mansions above. 

Why then so unwilling to part. 
Since there we shall all meet again ; 

Engraved on Immanuel's heart. 
At a distance we can not remain. 

Oh when shall we see that bright day, 

And join with the angels above. 
Set free from these prisons of clay, 

United in Jesus's love. 

With Jesus we ever shall reign, 

And all his bright glories shall see. 

Singing " Hallelujah! Amen! " 
Amen ! Even so let it be. 


NOBODY can be more sensible of the 
imperfections of this compilation than 
its scribe. He might aptly quote the old 
hymn : 

Yet hindrances strew all the way. 

Among them may be mentioned : the 
recurrence of such names as Jonathan and 
David, Simon, Bradstreet, Noah, Thaddeus, 
Mercy, through successive generations ; the 
uncertain spelling of proper names, even by 
their bearers ; absolute changes in these 
names (Hannah, for instance) between child- 
hood and maturity ; absence of complete and 
specific records ; the reluctance of some 
persons to furnish family facts ; uncertainty 
as to the real source of many memoranda ; 
the diversity of dates where records are 
accessil)le, as in the case of Squire Simon 
Wiggin's wife, — one account placing her 
death in i8ir, while another declares tliat 


she survived her husband a few weeks, and 
died in 1823. 

We have an ilhistration of genealogical 
snags in one fact, recently brought to light, 
through the publication of various ancient 
records, in The Andover (Massachusetts) 
Townsman, for November 2, 1888. The 
record of Andrew Wiggin's marriage, in 
1659 (see page 93), was thus recorded: 

June 3. Mr. Andrew IFirkin and Mrs. Hauna 
Bradstreet, by Mr. Bradstreet. 

The editor, C. C. Carpenter, adds the 
following comment : 

This name is known to .be Andrew IViggin, and 
yet it was written, in the original, Wirkin, thus 
proving the supposition of the note in last week's 
issue, in regard to Mr. Wirkens (misprinted in the 
note, IVickt'iis) there mentioned. We have also 
a letter from Mr. J. H. Wiggin of Roxbury, con- 
firming the same: 

My direct ancestor, Governor Thomas Wiggin, 
of New Hampshire, often spelt by his contempo- 
raries, Wiggans, &c., was fourteen years an Assist- 
ant with the Governor of Massachusetts l!ay, and 
brouglit about tlie union of New Hampshire with 
that CoUmy. His term doul)lless covered tlie year 
you mention (1650), when lie was often in Boston, 
and also in Andover, because his son Andrew 
married, in 1659, Hannah Bradstreet. As only 
magistrates officiated at weddings in those days, I 
think that Thomas Wiggin was the magistrate 


Another instance of the difficulty of ascer- 
taining correct data led to an error on 
page 12 1. Later information shows that 
S. W. Robinson was first elected Grand 
Master in 1845, not 1840. 

On the Robinson side we may look for 
full and useful information in the Genealogy, 
now in preparation, by Charles E. Robin- 
son, Esq., 140 West Forty-fifth Street, New 
York City. 

Kinsfolk, accept our parting song; 
Though life is short, the name is long. 

Not pretending to be a complete Geneal- 
ogy, this brochure only gathers together a 
few fragments, which may of use in some 
larger work. Meanwhile, please regard it 
as a tribute to the worth of him who one 
day — when driving by the old Stratham 
Cemetery, in company with the wife of his 
nephew, Chades E. Smith - - pointed out the 
place where lay the dust of his ancestors, 
and said, in characteristic words: 

Some ^^x\ me roill come atxb see abotitit.